The New Journalism
Guy Lochhead, 01/09/10
1973 anthology of journalism edited by Tom Wolfe and EW Johnson. Included is a manifesto for ‘The New Journalism’, which has four main points: scene-by-scene construction, barely-edited dialogue, use of the third person, and details of each ‘character’’s status and social standing. Although I am a fan of gonzo journalism (which I think this is quite closely related to – Hunter S. Thompson is included), I do not like the way this anthologises carefully selected excerpts and single articles of the chosen authors. The New Journalism is an association made between the chosen pieces of writing, rather than a bonafide movement/genre. I suppose this raises questions of the veracity of any genre-ing, which are probably all valid. Instead of including this book, I will research all the authors inside it.

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