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GUY RUNDLE | CULTURE |

Murder, a fit, a desire for nothingness? Helen Garner on the truth of crime

Is it possible to make sense of tragedy? Helen Garner gives it a solid go in This House of Grief.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: dross on main channels, gold on digital

Nine’s night in metro and regional markets. Ten was third in the metros but the ABC topped it in the regions, forcing Ten back to fourth. Once again it was a pretty average night of viewing — The Block Glasshouse was most watched program simply because there was very little competition on other networks. It had 1.762 […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: a race to the bottom for reality TV

Once again we saw the metro/regional split emerge, though Seven was much closer in the metros last night, despite the prominence of the The Block Glasshouse. Seven clearly won the regions, while in the metros, Seven won overall, but lost the main channels by 0.2%. The Block Glasshouse had 1.794 million national/ 1.167 million metro/ […]

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | CULTURE |

Film reviewing royal couple bow out but leave us the keys to the kingdom

Margaret and David, the Siskel and Ebert of Australia, have announced their long-running show will finish up in December. But their legacy endures.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Brilliant Creatures and lacklustre ratings

Brilliant Creatures on ABC was wonderful, brilliant TV. It what TV is all about  — explaining, elucidating and entertaining the audience — and there is more to come. It had 846,000 national/ 615,000 metro/ 231,000 regional viewers. It explained an important part of Australian cultural history with four of smartest, most entertaining, and at times frustrating minds this country […]

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE |

In the name of cash: U2′s Apple virus

Saint Bono has descended from on high to deliver us the fruits of his labours (without asking). But it was the slightly larger iPhone that got the groupies.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven wins by a narrow margin

Just another Monday night and despite another very solid night, The Block Glasshouse wasn’t as dominant as the figures would suggest. It had 2.133 million national/ 1.507 million metro/ 625,000 regional viewers. With that sized audience, you would have thought Nine won the night by a mile — it didn’t. It certainly had a good win in […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | 1 UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Big Brother bombs for Ten

The figures were split again last night with Nine winning the metros and Seven winning the regions. Ten was a very weak fourth (now normal for a Sunday) in both — its metro main channel share was 8.7% and just 7% in the regions. Back to the bad old days again, for one night at least. Ten […]

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Prepare to question everything you thought you knew about Australian English

Think didgeridoo is an Aboriginal word? Know the etymology of the word posh? Think there’s no English word for schadenfreude? Linguist Gary Nunn explodes some English myths.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: we still love The Block for some reason

Australians are still obsessed with home renovation, it would seem. Everyone loses in BB’s race to the bottom. And a charming doco series wraps up.

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE | 10 UNLOCK?

Razer’s Class Warfare: Apple a cruel industrialist in Hillsong Jesus clothing

The emotional incontinence of idiot tech journalists as they fetishise graven images (read: iPhones and Apple Watches) glorifies a god (read: cult leader) that is not as benevolent as it seems.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: Big Brother bombs in the regions

Nine’s night, again in metros, with The Block Glasshouse leading the way. Ten was third and the ABC fourth. But in regional markets Seven had a small overall win, Nine won the main channels, and the ABC pushed Ten back to fourth, both overall and in the main channels as The Bachelor and Wonderland bombed […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers switch off after premieres

Nine’s night in metro and regional markets easily, even though Big Brother’s audience slipped, falling under the one million mark in the metros. Ten was third overall in both markets and third in the main channels in the regions, but not in the metros where ABC was third. The Block Glasshouse saw its audience top […]

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE |

Razer: Big Brother in the post-stupid age

Some wankers (OK, Helen Razer) used to wax lyrical about the panopticon, Foucault, Big Brother. But 11 seasons in, does any of it matter (or not matter) anymore?

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reality TV delivers a night of false promises

It was Nine’s night in metro and regional markets with another big rating number for The Block Glasshouse and the returning Big Brother. Seven’s The X Factor was its own worst enemy in promising something that really didn’t matter, but was really aimed at the returning Big Brother on Nine. Ten was fourth behind the ABC in […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: audiences fade away from reality TV

Nine’s night in metros and Seven’s in the regions as the audience again divided its preferences. Ten was fourth in both, behind the ABC. The Block Glasshouse dominated the night, topping the most watched lists in all markets. It had 2.234 million national/ 1.622 million metro/ 702,000 regional viewers. The live performance of The X […]

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GUY RUNDLE | CULTURE |

Rundle: we won’t mourn for Rivers, but my god she was funny

Joan Rivers was far more of a pioneer and innovator than Robin Williams, but she had no sincere schtick. She was all brassy, all bitchy and all funny — the last of her kind, and the best.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | CULTURE | 5

Why the MEAA hated — then loved — then hated internet filtering

A kerfuffle that saw the Media, Arts and Entertainment Alliance briefly endorse internet filtering was likely the result of the significant siloing between different parts of the union, MEAA insiders told Crikey this morning.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers more interested in animal couples than The Bachelor

Nine’s night in metro and regional markets thanks to the final NRL game of the year for a Thursday night, and The Block Glasshouse in non-NRL markets. Ten was third in the metros and the ABC fourth. In the regions though, the ABC was a clear third and Ten and its offering of The Bachelor, […]

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Film funding: just who will be walking the plank?

Screen Australia has had its appropriation cut, leaving many struggling film industry bodies out in the cold. At the same time, Screen Australia will hand over cash to already well-supported screen businesses, writes former CEO of Film Australia Sharon Connolly.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a night full of junk programs

Nine’s night in metro and regional markets. Ten was third and the ABC was fourth, except in the regional main channels where viewers gave Ten the thumbs down and liked the ABC’s underwhelming offerings instead. Nine’s The Block Glasshouse again dominated the night with 1.707 million national, 1.151 million metro and 556,000 regional viewers. But is Wednesday […]

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE |

Razer’s Class Warfare: Abbott govt helping at least one area of the arts

The Abbott government has promised to “cut red tape”, and while most of its decisions have been ludicrous, one stands out as actual good policy …

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | CULTURE |

Australian cinema shines after 10 years of doom and gloom

Throughout the first decade of this century Australian cinema was suffering an acute case of the grim-and-drearies, but some of the industry’s latest offerings, including Red Dog and The Sapphires, could mark a welcome return to the more upbeat golden age of Strictly Ballroom. They just need an audience.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine phones it in on a weak night

Nine’s night thanks to The Block Glasshouse and a solid performance of the 6-7pm news hour. That was in the metros, in the regions, the split re-appeared after popping up on Sunday night. So Seven won the regions narrowly overall, but with a larger margin in the main channels. Ten was third in both areas […]

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