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What Old Enough!, Japan's reality TV on Netflix, tells us about the country's domestic work culture and approach to adolescents
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What Old Enough!, Japan's reality TV on Netflix, tells us about the country's domestic work culture and approach to adolescents

We might be startled at the sight of such young souls expected to step out and function on their own in Old Enough!, but Japan, for decades now, has been known for inculcating in their children a tendency to be independent and self-reliant.

Explained: Why social media thinks Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at Oscars 2022 was staged
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Explained: Why social media thinks Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at Oscars 2022 was staged

Minutes after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock before a live audience of millions, social media platforms lit up with a breathless and emphatic hot take: the whole thing was staged

By teasing a universally accessible path to success, Shark Tank India fails to acknowledge social ills like caste and privilege
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By teasing a universally accessible path to success, Shark Tank India fails to acknowledge social ills like caste and privilege

Reality TV shows like Shark Tank India eulogise the ‘fairness’ of competition, and its implications as a cultural reform, rather than the historic impediments that have rigged and awarded the game long ago.

'Time for bigger things': Indian Idol 12 host Aditya Narayan says he'll quit anchoring after 2022
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'Time for bigger things': Indian Idol 12 host Aditya Narayan says he'll quit anchoring after 2022

Aditya Narayan said he'll officially announce the news on Indian Idol 12 soon.

Explained: What makes reality dating TV shows like Love Island so popular
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Explained: What makes reality dating TV shows like Love Island so popular

Love Island has achieved the perfect blend of creating ways to engage audiences across multiple platforms and leading its audience towards largely friendly and vibrant online fan communities.

How a reluctant Russian singer became the poster boy of China's Sang culture, hero of young pessimists across the country
Arts & Culture

How a reluctant Russian singer became the poster boy of China's Sang culture, hero of young pessimists across the country

Feelings such as dejection, frustration, along with self-deprecation and pessimism, have in the last few years come to be unabashedly celebrated in China in a distinct youth subculture known as Sang culture.

What reality television sets to lose when Keeping Up With the Kardashians ends next year
Entertainment

What reality television sets to lose when Keeping Up With the Kardashians ends next year

It goes without saying that in the last decade, the Kardashian-Jenners have heralded a new standard for global fame birthed out of reality TV.

Netflix's Trial By Media shows how tenets of entertainment have insidiously pervaded news, courtrooms, reality
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Netflix's Trial By Media shows how tenets of entertainment have insidiously pervaded news, courtrooms, reality

The very first episode of the George Clooney-produced docuseries reexamines the 1995 murder of Scott Amedure by Jonathan Schmitz, and the reality TV circus that both fed and followed it.

Bigg Boss, gossip and survival: The reality show illustrates how talking about others is a powerful social tool
Life

Bigg Boss, gossip and survival: The reality show illustrates how talking about others is a powerful social tool

Bigg Boss, with its dynamic group interactions, is a minefield of information for behavioural scientists. Besides being instantly meme-able and turning its otherwise unknown participants into celebrities, it should pique the interest of anyone seeking to understand how human beings converse with each other and behave in groups.

Roadies, Splitsvilla, Skulls and Roses: We're at the pinnacle of so-bad-it's-good reality television
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Roadies, Splitsvilla, Skulls and Roses: We're at the pinnacle of so-bad-it's-good reality television

I don’t watch the likes of Splitsvilla and Roadies out of guilt, I watch them because they are perfectly enjoyable farce.

Buddha.mov director Kabir Mehta talks of treading the fine line of docu-fiction, and his experimental take on voyeurism
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Buddha.mov director Kabir Mehta talks of treading the fine line of docu-fiction, and his experimental take on voyeurism

Kabir Mehta talks about how he gradually lets his viewers explore the hybrid nature of docu-fiction through Buddha.mov, a film about an aspiring reality TV star.

Former Splitsvilla contestant Divya Agarwal wins MTV Ace of Space season 1: It was 'an ultimate test of patience'
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Former Splitsvilla contestant Divya Agarwal wins MTV Ace of Space season 1: It was 'an ultimate test of patience'

Divya Agarwal won Ace of Space season 1 after outdoing other finalists Faizy Boo, Pratik, Varun Sood, Shehzad Deol and Miesha Iyer.

With the rise of digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, the circus of reality TV is losing its appeal
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With the rise of digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, the circus of reality TV is losing its appeal

An increasing number of viewers are swearing off reality TV with digital platforms taking over.

Bigg Boss 12 unveils new promo amidst speculation that 'vichitra jodi' theme has been changed
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Bigg Boss 12 unveils new promo amidst speculation that 'vichitra jodi' theme has been changed

The change in Bigg Boss theme was made as the makers could not get hold of sufficient celebrity couples, due to which the format was tweaked.

Zindagi Ke Crossroads and the stigmatisation of abortion: Pressing need for positive portrayal of women’s issues
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Zindagi Ke Crossroads and the stigmatisation of abortion: Pressing need for positive portrayal of women’s issues

In a country where pro-choice debate is a distant possibility, for reality TV shows like Zindagi Ke Crossroads to exploit the matter for ratings and do a horrible job of it, does nothing at all to help women fighting for basic bodily autonomy.

Bigg Boss 11, Episode 96, 5 January 2018: Shilpa, Hina, Vikas, Luv canvass votes at a mall
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Bigg Boss 11, Episode 96, 5 January 2018: Shilpa, Hina, Vikas, Luv canvass votes at a mall

Hina, Shilpa, Vikas and Luv fight for audience votes at a mall during day 96 of Bigg Boss 11

Bigg Boss 11, Episode 95, 4 January 2018: Luv, Puneesh compete in Ticket to Grand Finale task
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Bigg Boss 11, Episode 95, 4 January 2018: Luv, Puneesh compete in Ticket to Grand Finale task

Puneesh and Luv fight it out in the ticket to finale task in Bigg Boss 11's latest episode. Who wins?

Bigg Boss 11, Episode 57, 27 November 2017: Fights erupt over omelettes, parathas and rations
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Bigg Boss 11, Episode 57, 27 November 2017: Fights erupt over omelettes, parathas and rations

The absurdities on Bigg Boss 11 continue. Does that even mildly surprise us?

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press movie review - Netflix docu is wake-up call for journalism
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Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press movie review - Netflix docu is wake-up call for journalism

These are scary times, especially for journalism. The arrival of Nobody Speak: The Trial of the Free Press on Netflix therefore is incredibly significant.

Payal Rohatgi's Jet Airways flight rant: Dissecting everything that is wrong with her bizarre outburst
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Payal Rohatgi's Jet Airways flight rant: Dissecting everything that is wrong with her bizarre outburst

Payal Rohatgi decided to use social media and her 'celebrity status' to play the victim card, social media rightly decided to call her out instead