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CULTURE | 9

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 |

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

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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JEFF SPARROW | CULTURE | 4

Katniss Everdeen is not turning your kid into a right-wing nutjob

Some so-called progressives have worked themselves into a panic, warning that books like The Hunger Games could taint the minds of children with anti-welfare, anti-equality ideology.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | CULTURE |

Kim Williams goes to the dogs (tastefully, of course)

This morning Kim Williams launched his new book, Rules of Engagement, which focuses more on family, wine, sport and good living, rather than his tumble from the News Corp roost.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine’s night for a sleepy Monday

The usual Monday night’s viewing — a few gems, a few duds, then bed. Nine won the metros and the regions as Sunday night’s split disappeared. The ABC was third and Ten the now usual fourth. The Block Glasshouse was top with 1.965 million metro/ 1.352 million metro/ 613,000 regional viewers. The results episode of The X […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reality TV fails to attract an audience

For such an average night of programming, the surprise was in the ratings reports for metro and regional markets this morning. TV viewing cleaved into two distinct groups. The metros favoured Nine as a clear winner over Seven, but in the regions, Seven won over Nine. Ten was third overall, with the ABC fourth in […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: weak programming spreads to Thursday nights

It’s a pretty weak night when an NRL match is one of the viewing highlights, simply because it is live and the result unknown. Catalyst on ABC 1 was again interesting, Silk at 8.30pm is now in soapy territory and nothing after 7pm had a million or more viewers in the metros. The fact that […]

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE |

Razer’s Class Warfare: have the Emmys presaged an end to delightful bad taste?

Bourgeois pretensions to the Good Taste of an imagined ruling class have all but erased chicken tikka spray tans and Gabi Grecko bustiers. You could argue that’s a good thing. Except it definitely isn’t.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC programming trumps The Bachelor

Seven won metro and regional markets overall, but again lost the important main channels where most of the advertising money is spent. Ten finished third in the metros, but fourth in the regions as the ABC’s offerings proved more popular than The Bachelor and Wonderland. The Block Glasshouse couldn’t make top spot in either metro […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: commercial networks fall into a mid-week slump

Another quiet night for TV viewers. Nine won the metros, snuck home overall in the regionals, but Seven had more main channel viewers. Ten was third overall in the metros, tied the main channels (with 11.2%). But in the regions Ten beat the ABC overall, but had more viewers in the main channels. The Block […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reality shows slowly shed viewers

Yet another less-than-enthusing night for many TV viewers. Nine again won in metro and regional areas, followed by Seven, the ABC and Ten. Nine’s The Block Glasshouse was again the most watched program, though numbers were down on Sunday night’s splash. It had 1.763 million national/ 1.191 million metro/ 572,000 regional viewers. Seven’s The X […]

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