Everyone knows not much happens in August. That's why, for example, the French shut down their entire country and leave it to the tourists. Today, blogger Matt Yglesias was one of the many commenting on the newsless month:
Fact: News cycle stupidity reached its peak in the summer/fall of 1998. This is nothing.
Slate's Dave Weigel called attention to the cliche more directly:
This is the stupidest news cycle we've ever had until the next one.
The Wire has certainly noticed the lack of news (and complaints about it) as well. But putting newsroom cynicism aside, there does seem to be evidence that this August is worse than usual. Here, some tweets from the last 24 hours to show you what we mean.
Just received a press release from Brooklyn offering @enbrown as an expert available to talk about yurts.
BREAKING: People less excited about thing happening than they were when it happened before... DEVELOPING... http://bit.ly/aceYPE
Pandora's got an all-Glee station that my wife likes to blast. Somewhere between Journey, the Doors & Wicked, I lost my shit. @joshuafoust
And now for some drinking maps : http://bit.ly/bzhhdj
Call up your congressman and warn him that our military has A CROTCH GAP! http://su.pr/33R7Sr
Alright, taking afternoon off to keep working on kids new closet. Big question: How much drywall dust can I get in my eyes?
I love you, Billie Holiday. And your dog, too: http://bit.ly/dqrRCq
Drinking gold/molten hot or so cold/not SoCo/made myself some cocoa/baroque or rococo/so loco/my dragon is strictly komodo/Giacomo
http://twitpic.com/2g9nrr Adding two new sweet canaries into my collection
time to place bets on what stupid crap we'll be talking about next august
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