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Fans are eagerly awaiting the launch of season five of Game of Thrones this weekend – and they have good reason to be excited. © Home Box Office, Inc.

Breathtaking television: why Game of Thrones leaves the rest behind

Cultural and media scholars over the past 20 years have tended to avoid discrimination between the bad, the good and the better. The new season of Game of Thrones starts this weekend – and it's simply better than the rest.
Would there be a place in advertising’s postmodern era for Don Draper? Michael Yarish/AMC

After Mad Men, big money replaced big ideas

The final season concludes in 1969. What happened in the advertising industry over the ensuing decades?
Are new video-on-demand services really ‘breathing new life’ into Australian content? LoKan Sardari

What do Netflix, Stan and Presto mean for Australian TV?

The arrival of subscription video on demand services Netflix, Stan and Presto have implications for what we call "television" in Australia – and much of the policy detail remains to be hammered out.
Popular Latino musicians like Café Tacvba didn’t make an appearance. Ruy Landa/Flickr

Where were the Latinos at South by Southwest?

At an event that bills itself as 'the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today,' one of the fastest-growing, youngest and most tech-savvy segments of the population was largely ignored.
Seismic changes in the television industry have transformed the ways stories are told and consumed. from www.shutterstock.com

Why has TV storytelling become so complex?

Many refer to advances in television storytelling as novelistic or cinematic, but the medium deserves a term of its own: complex TV.
Empire, currently screening on Channel Ten, is throwing stereotypes to the wind and presenting strong drama that is black, queer, and diverse. Channel Ten

In your face: Empire is proving diversity isn’t a dirty word

Empire, a TV drama about a black hip-hop star turned music mogul, is breaking new ground by foregrounding 'risky' issues around race, sexuality and class.
For 30 years the families of Ramsay Street have been working out their problems before a devoted international audience. AAP Image/Ten

After 30 years, can Neighbours and Australians become good friends?

Why don’t we Australians love our Neighbours? Perhaps the long-running soap is a local victim of tall poppy syndrome – but the sunny vision of Australian suburban life remains wildly popular internationally.

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