Silly Season
20 January, 2011
Silly Season

The so called ‘silly season’ is a regular summer occurrence, which is the time when paucity of the news makes media look stupid.  The silly season seems to have moved in Georgia from the summer months to the winter period. Currently, the entire bunch of the news sounds so inconsequential and nonsensical that we the rank-and-file could easily do without it. Just exclude every single source or producer of the news in the country and nothing much will change in our

lives. So why is the news still dominant on the box, on the radio and on the paper as if we were not in the silly season? Out of all the answers to the question, only two might be sold as the most rational and up-to-the-point ones. First – news will always make money for media magnates (all over the world) no matter how flagrantly silly the season might be, and second – we the readers, viewers and listeners have become inveterate consumers of the news no matter how dull and useless it might be. News is just part of our life and it has penetrated the atmosphere so incisively that it cannot and will not go away ever, be the season ‘silly’ or ‘bright’. Making use of a conventional wisdom ‘no news is good news’ might encourage us to recognize that the life in the silly season is much happier than out of it. Personally, I feel terribly relaxed and felicitous in this lovely silly season because the news – whether good or bad – is a heavy burden, a nerve-wrecking revelation and intellectual nourishment, which needs to be digested immediately and reacted on without any delay. This, I don’t always feel myself prepared to do. ‘No news is good news’ is the greatest and the wisest judgment ever suggested by a human mind. Being absolutely knowledgeable about the importance of the news (Am I not myself one of the folks who earn their bread-and-butter by means of selling the news?) in our everyday life, I still insist that we need some slack from the news inundation, so very characteristics for our times. The season right now is silly indeed but the longer it lasts the better. A little relaxation will not hurt at all, especially now that the New Year is just in, and who knows how much trouble and the news (All kinds of news!) it might have in store for us. So, let’s not hurry with curtailing the silly season. It is not as silly as it might seem after all. Let’s enjoy it as part of the New Year’s celebrations because we will have to wait almost half a year until the arrival of the summertime silly season, which will hopefully be as uneventful as this one – idyllically happy and peaceful. I will just in case keep my fingers crossed because Georgia is not really at peace with certain neighboring forces. If breaking peace is a possibility by any chance any time soon, then those halcyon days of this winter’s silly season might go down in the history of Georgia as the happiest ones. Have I not told you that the silly season is not as silly as it might be presented by some of us?

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