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GONZO JOURNALISM : Hunter S. Thompson

Lets take a look at a style of non objective writing that took the literary world by storm in the 1970’s, its chief apostle was Hunter S. Thompson who invented GONZO JOURNALISM One of his epic works that gave birth to this style was serialized in Rolling Stone Magazine –  Fear & Loathing in Las Vagas.  was subsequently made into a film with Johnny Depp & Benicio Del Toro directed by Terry Gilliam.

This kind of writing is ultra subjective, facts are not that important, it is the interior feeling that is conveyed in the rant, the reader is literally taken on a ride inside the consciousness of the writer.

¨We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like “I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive…” And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: “Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?” 

Opening paragraph of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.This was the introduction to an assignment he was covering about the killing of a tv journalist. No one in journalism had seen anything quite like it. The serialized chapters in Rolling Stone eventually became a book and Gonzo Journalism was born.

In a way Thompson was the first Uber Blogger. A passionate totally biased rant on a subject that the writer has fully immersed himself in.


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