gonzo journalism

journalism genre

Gonzo journalism is a style of journalism that is written without claims of objectivity, often including the reporter as part of the story using a first-person narrative. The word "gonzo" is believed to have been first used in 1970 to describe an article about the Kentucky Derby by Hunter S. Thompson, who popularized the style. 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. It has since been applied to other subjective artistic endeavors. Gonzo journalism involves an approach to accuracy that concerns the reporting of personal experiences and emotions, in contrast to traditional journalism, which favors a detached style and relies on facts or quotations that can be verified by third parties. Gonzo journalism disregards the strictly-edited product favored by newspaper media and strives for a more personal approach; the personality of a piece is as important as the event or actual subject of the piece. Use of sarcasm, humor, exaggeration, and profanity is common. Thompson, who was among the forefathers of the new journalism movement, said in the February 15, 1973, issue of Rolling Stone, "If I'd written the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people—including me—would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism."
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genre: gonzo journalism

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

novel by Hunter S. Thompson

author: Hunter S. Thompson
illustrator: Ralph Steadman

1971

The Great Shark Hunt

1979 Book by Hunter S. Thompson

author: Hunter S. Thompson

1979

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

collection of articles covering the 1972 presidential campaign

author: Hunter S. Thompson
illustrator: Ralph Steadman

1973

Faultline 49

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2012

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