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Rundle: we, robot, the industrial revolution’s ultimate design

Robots are becoming very good at aping human behaviour — perhaps because they have become proxies for the uniform worker drone in factories. Robots are familiar to us because we have become mechanised.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: stay away from the box over Easter

Last night’s TV was mostly lacklustre, except for the always excellent Mad as Hell.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a lacklustre night of programming

A pretty uninspiring night of TV across all free-to-air channels leading up to the Easter break.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC’s quality programming wins the evening

The ABC shines as the commercial networks wait until after the Easter break to resume battle.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The Biggest Loser gives Ten a rare win

Ten’s decision to delay the Biggest Loser grand final was a smart move which payed off in the ratings.

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Rundle’s Review: YA novels a window into our own dystopian present

Don’t dismiss young-adult novels as kid’s stuff — the most successful franchises have very dark themes.

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Follow Friday: @adellewaldman, inside the mind of the hideous man

Adelle Waldman’s first novel is an insightful and probing look inside the mind of the casually cruel man. Our correspondent ponders his own life in chatting with her about writing and Twitter.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC streets ahead of the commercial networks

ABC’s audience numbers from last night should serve as a reminder to Ten that quality programming is the only way to attract viewers.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: all eyes glued to MKR and The Block

A blockbuster night on Seven and Nine left all other channels scrambling to attract viewers.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: skinny models don’t matter, neither does fashion

Models are skinny. Who cares? Fashion’s real victim is our rational minds, as it is patently and deliberately stupid twattery. To believe anything else is the real problem.

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The art of money: resale royalties feed struggling artists or ‘rich widows’?

It’s hard to move beyond the cliches about poor, morally superior artists struggling against the rich and powerful who exploit and profit from their talents, but changes to re-sale laws require a more realistic view.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: another shocker for Ten

Ten’s decision to replace The Biggest Loser with a cooking show was a strange programming move — and the audience wasn’t interested.

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Peaches Geldof, celebocrat, a sign of the failed Glorious Revolution

Celebrities fill a hole left in British society by the aristocracy. Peaches Geldof was a celebocrat — the outpouring of coverage following her death was inevitable, because we needed it to be.

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George W. Bush turns his hand to painting, but is he any good?

George W. Bush, one of America’s most polarising presidents, has opened a new art exhibition of his work. Freelance journalist Doyle Rader visits the exhibition in Dallas to find out if Dubya has any artistic ability.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The Block‘s last hurrah in sight

The Block is nearly over for another season, but the tension isn’t enough to beat My Kitchen Rules.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The Block dominates in its dying days

A predictable win for The Block last night, although it might be the last good news for some time for Nine.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine’s night over a sleepy Seven

Football and no My Kitchen Rules proves to be a winning combination for Nine.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: bad luck for Puberty Blues

Puberty Blues deserved a much bigger audience than it got — and it’s Ten’s fault.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a big night for Seven, a shocker for Ten

Seven’s keeping viewers hooked by pairing hyped-up new shows with proven favourites.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: My Kitchen Rules back on top

The battle of the reality TV blockbusters was back on last night. Ten didn’t stand a chance.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a new low for Ten

Once again, poor programming saw audiences desert Ten for its commercial rivals and the ABC.

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Breaking news on Alain de Botton: more Martha Stewart than Bob Woodward

Modern philosopher and public intellectual Alain de Botton has some nuanced ideas about philosophy, but he doesn’t understand the modern newsroom.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a big night for Nine, despite the footy

Replacing My Kitchen Rules with an AFL game did great things for audience share on rival networks.

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The Sandpit: Casey Bennetto in song

What does it take to be a Modern Man? Singer-songwriter-funny-bugger Casey Bennetto enters the Crikey Sandpit to lay down a tune on the week in politics …

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Mad As Hell takes best in show

Mad As Hell was the best half-hour on Aussie TV last night, although Ten did better than expected.

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