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The Psychology Of Catfishing, From Its First Public Victim

The internet didn’t invent the concept of people not being who they say they are. It simply gave them a better vehicle, and gave these deceivers a name: catfish. That term came into our consciousness first in a documentary, followed by a TV series, and now it’s a book. You may be wondering why.


How Game Of Thrones Crafted Last Season's Emmy-Winning Visual Effects

Game of Thrones walked away from the Emmys last week with four of the biggest technical awards, including a very well-deserved win for best visual effects. One team responsible has posted some of their process videos from season 4. Let’s just say it looks tougher than conquering the walled city of Meereen.


Commercial Networks Want More Ads

Hands up if what you’ve been holding out for from Australia’s commercial free to air networks was more commercials.


CSI: Cyber Is Already Perfect When The First Episode Is 'Kidnapping 2.0'

CBS is adding a new version of CSI to the mix, called CSI: CYBER, starring James Van Der Beek and Bow Wow (YEP). Bow Wow is on set today for his first day of filming, and revealed in a tweet that the first episode in the series is titled “Kidnapping 2.0″. Emmy committee, do you read me?


How A Documentary About Eskimos Explains Our Stupid Reality TV Obsession

We can trace the world’s obsession with curvaceous humanoids like Kim Kardashian and mannequin dolls named after cities and hotel chains back to the first documentary ever made: Nanook of the North. It was a documentary that faked the life of eskimos to entertain people.


The 1920s Tabloid Reporter Who Predicted TV Could Kill Newspapers

“What for example could be staler than to-morrow morning’s newspaper account of a prize-fight or political convention one has already received over the radio?” wrote one commentator in 1928. Radio was overtaking print as the news medium of the day and some people insisted that newspapers were going to disappear completely. And with that, “serious” reporting would go the way of the dodo. Sound familiar?


Australians Are Switching Their TV Watching To Tablets And Smartphones

Australians say that watching TV is their number one activity — but not necessarily on a TV screen. Deloitte’s yearly Media Consumer Survey is out, and its 2300 respondents are increasingly switching to tablets and smartphones for everything they do.


This 1960s Computerised Desk Was Supposed To Make Classrooms Extinct

The technology of the future was going to provide all kinds of new possibilities for the classroom of tomorrow — including eliminating the classroom entirely. Interestingly enough, it would seem we’re still chasing that dream.


Jamie Hyneman Talks Mythbusters' Behind The Myths Australian Tour

Mythbusters is one of those shows that, if you love technology, you just have to watch. Every episode, special effects gurus Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are testing myths — and blowing stuff up — and if you tune in, you’ll learn a lot. The show is coming to Australia for a live tour in August — here’s what you can expect to see.


Here's How Much Time You've Spent Binge-Watching Your Favourite Shows

We are, all of us, unrepentant, instant-gratification-obsessed binge TV-watchers. Fact. And while it somehow doesn’t seem so bad to settle in for a weekend with the Underwoods or Bluths or the gang from TGS, seeing the actual breakdown of time it takes to watch popular series from start to finish is… Yiiiiikes.


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