The desperate reporting of African gangs leaves us feeling that the summer of 2018 is the moment where job cuts and social media came together to finally break the news cycle.

In the summer silly season, as institutions slumber, journalists have to feed the news cycle themselves, although there’s always the odd politician ready to help. But this summer, the cycle never really turned over. We had the Sydney trains that didn’t quite strike; an Adelaide that didn’t black-out; and we had the hunt for the mythological African gangs of Melbourne.