Gonzo journalism tends to utilize personal experiences and emotions to achieve an accurate representation of a phenomenon, as compared to traditional journalism that favors using a detached writing style and relies on facts or quotations that can be verified by third parties. Allison has been a contributing writer for various websites since 2007. Critics of gonzo journalism consider the practice to be little more than sanctioned hedonism. Journalism is supposed to be objective. I want to make my own observations and determinations rather than be influenced by the author.
To be able to jump right into a situation and experience it exactly as it is happening is to be more than just a reporter but it eventually were in every day news. Use of sarcasm, humor, exaggeration, and profanity is common. . Thompson was born in Louisville, Kentucky and reluctantly joined the military as a young man after a series of run-ins with the law saw our future gonzo journalist spending his prom night in jail. Horatio Alger gone mad on drugs in Las Vegas. Thompson, who later popularized the style.
This journalistic philosophy does not hold true, however, in a radical form of news reporting known as gonzo journalism. Gonzo journalism disregards the strictly edited product favored by newspaper media and strives for a more gritty, personable approach—the personality of a piece is just as important as the event the piece is on. Gonzo Journalism tends to frown on an edited, polished outcome. This possibility is supported by a 2007 oral biography of Thompson, which states that the term is taken from a song by Booker but does not explain why Thompson or Cardoso would have chosen the term to describe Thompson's journalism. However, it is hard to ignore the similarities between Thompson's gonzo journalism and today's growing popularity of citizen journalism through new media like blogs and Twitter. Thompson gave journalism ferocious color and a streak of wild unpredictability.
Many people do not really consider it a type of journalism at all, since the writer offers neither an objectivity nor purely factual account of events. Personally, I think Gonzo journalism stinks, as you see an event through the eyes of a participant instead of a detached camera's eye. Consequentially, Thompson's cache rose and garnered a cult-following. Presidential campaign, Thompson wrote an article that detailed presidential candidate Ed Muskie's addiction to the drug Ibogaine, a bold-faced lie that was subsequently published. I have nothing but respect for Hunter S Thompson in his means of gonzo journalism, but this doesn't mean that I necessarily agree or would trust a news report written by Hunter S Thompson.
Gonzo journalism disregards the strictly edited product favored by newspaper media and strives for a more personal approach; the personality of a piece is equally as important as the event the piece is on. The term has since been applied to other subjective artistic endeavors. Nobody had bothered to say. Part of my upbringing and training as a journalist I feel that it is truly important that one actually practice what journalism means. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas followed the Mint 400 piece in 1971 and included a main character by the name of Raoul Duke, accompanied by his attorney, Dr. By developing a persona and reputation as an unreliable narrator, readers could easily become familiar with idiosyncratic characteristics inherent in Thompson's articles, making his voice stand-out among the herd. Use of sarcasm, humor, exaggeration, and profanity is common.
Many argue that Hunter S. © This article uses material from Wikipedia ® and is licensed under the and under the. I definitely understand the in his early days of learning journalism he was in fact a news reporter that wrote on objective principles with accuracy in mind. Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. This style of journalism stays the most popular style that have ever been used in journalism. Thompson himself first used the term referring to his own work on page 12 of the counterculture classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. A style that is so influential that it has seeped through to the hearts and minds of the succeeding generations.
The following steps are meant to give anyone interested in becoming a Gonzo journalist a reference point from which to start his exploration in this field. It is an energetic first-person participatory writing style in which the author is a protagonist, and it draws its power from a combination of social critique and self-satire. Thompson, a self-styled renegade reporter who frequently wrote pieces for Rolling Stone magazine while living a no-holds-barred personal lifestyle. However, in his later years I truly wonder if he was still capable of producing such objective work as what a true piece of journalism reporting should be. A gonzo journalist can actively participate in a political candidate's campaign without making any effort to appear politically neutral or unbiased. Thomson said later, that the objectivity in the journalistic is the myth.
Thompson, excessive, outlandish, emotional and gritty. As an aspiring journalist I have to tell you that gonzo journalism is my favorite type. Historian said gonzo journalism requires virtually no rewriting and frequently uses transcribed interviews and verbatim telephone conversations. It is an energetic first-person participatory writing style in which the author is a protagonist, and it draws its power from a combination of social critique and self-satire. Whether it be a written journal, a photo journal, a video or audio journal, or a combination, the practice of documenting events as they happen or as you remember them is essential.