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Silly Season
Silly season

The summer month of August is traditionally viewed as journalism's silly season, in which there is very little serious news, allowing senior editorial staff in particular to take holidays. Politicians are in the middle of their long break from Parliamentary duty and government offices are short-staffed, suggesting nothing of major importance is likely to happen and resulting in the media turning to the reporting of more trivial matters (Williams, 2002).

However, history shows that in fact the ‘silliest August story of all is the idea that it's quiet… the news keeps on breaking’. The start of the Vietnam War (1964), the erection of the Berlin Wall (1961), the IRA's assassination of Lord Louis Mountbatten (1979), Iraq's invasion of Kuwait (1990) and the death ...

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