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Use one to two scholarly sources (for instance, articles in academic journals, chapters in academic books, or interviews with the author or director of a text) to write a 1,500 word essay on one of the following options.
This assignment tests not only your essay writing, but your research skills. How well secondary sources contribute to your argument will be factored into the grading of this essay, so it is important to locate sources that can be used productively. The University of Regina Library’s “Quick Find” search, available through the “University of Regina Library” Website: (https://www.uregina.ca/library/), and Google Scholar are useful for finding scholarly articles and chapters, while YouTube is useful as a source of interviews with authors and directors).
This essay must be properly formatted according to MLA standards, and should include a Works Cited List. To avoid plagiarism, make sure you fully cite any words or ideasthat originate from other sources.
As this essay is already due as late in the term as I can make it, I am unlikely to grant extensions. As per the course policy, essays not received by the due date will not be accepted.
Files must be submitted in .doc or PDF format.
Option 1:
Analyze Terry Gilliam’s film version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as a critique of conventional journalism.
Required Film and Television:

  1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Dir. Terry Gilliam, 1998 – available on iTunes, Google Play Movies, etc.).

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFz8XvhXseg&feature=youtu.be
 
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Benefits of the Loss of Objectivity with Gonzo
by Michael Horacki – Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 9:16 AM
 
“Gonzo” journalism obviously involves a sacrifice of objectivity, and the result is a mode of writing that is as much literature as journalism. What is gained by such a form of writing? What are the systemic problems with conventional journalism that Gonzo journalism is a response to?
 
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by Natasha Vaughan – Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 12:43 PM
 
From watching the video, what I find is gained from this form of writing is that the people involved gain plubicity. As he says in the video, that he wishes he could go back to when nobody knew who he was because it was so much more then. I think that proves that by being a “ nobody” allows people to discuss and contemplate what is being said more, which gains more. The systematic problems that occur are that each have untrue or altered stories that go with them. In the video, they mention how he made up a story of someone being on a drug, and that people believed it. This is a systematic problem as he more than likely wasn’t the only one who was making up such stories.
 
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by Shelby Leis – Friday, 9 March 2018, 11:36 AM
 
Hey Natasha,
I found that him not wanting to be famous seemed to be very interesting for me. I never really thought about it until Hunter S. Thompson was talking about it. Now that I understand it does make sense that one would get more ‘true’ information by being a ‘nobody’. The true information would be information that is facts and information that is not clouded by bias. When one is famous people will try and change things to make the story more interesting which than alters the story. Like I just stated untrue and altering stories is a systematic problem which I totally agree with you one. Some people will believe anything.
Thanks for your post!
 
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by Natasha Vaughan – Friday, 9 March 2018, 3:06 PM
 
Hey Shelby,
I also found that interesting as I mentioned. I now understand why he wouldn’t want to be as well. I found his attitude quite interesting as well, which I think contributes to who he is as a journalist. As they were both joking back and forth, it almost made me wonder if there was some seriousness to their ” jokes”. This can flow into his attitude as a journalist as well, and that many of them could come from a sarcastic point of view.
Thanks for your comment!!
Natasha
 
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by TannisNaytowhow – Friday, 9 March 2018, 3:49 PM
 
It was also interesting to me that he did not want to be famous. I agree with you Shelby when you point out that Hunter S. Thompson found that he would get more truthful information by being a nobody. He seemed ashamed yet almost overwhelmed to have so many fans ask for his signature. I think it is important to recognise the value of not being famous and the perspective you gain out of it. I really understand where Hunter is coming from.
 
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by Kennedi Deregowski – Saturday, 10 March 2018, 10:02 PM
 
Hey Natasha!
I really enjoyed reading your response. I had the same idea that you also had when you mentioned that being nobody may just be better then being famous. With making up the story about the drug, it goes to show how brainwashed society can really be. Anyone famous can say a false story and people would believe it. I understand why he would rather be seen as a ‘nobody’ because he feels like then his opinions would really matter.
Thanks for the great response!
 
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by Alexander Dalusong – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 7:39 PM
 
I believe that, going on the same tangent as your comment, or so I believe, Gonzo Journalism explores an un-contextual side to a story, which can be interesting and might offer a different perspective to the otherwise orthodox journalism. Objective journalism is reported in the context of the truth, but Gonzo journalism is based on the context of the writer, and as the reader reads a piece written in the style of gonzo, he/she learns more about the writer as much as he/she learns about the piece he/she is reading. Maybe that was the reason why Thompson says he wishes that the could go back to being a nobody, because back then he is able to introduce himself to the readers, whereas in his fame people already know him and there’s nothing left to explore. It is notable that in Thompson’s suicide notes, he implies that he finds life boring.
 
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by Amanda Braun – Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 6:47 PM
 
My answer to this will focus less on the specifics of Hunter S. Thompson’s work and more on the idea of Gonzo journalism. Gonzo journalism isn’t the only of its kind, Joan Didion and her style of “New Journalism” also comes to mind. The two styles are different but are related to each other because they both make room for subjectivity in reporting.
Facts and objectivity are undoubtedly important, in all areas and not just journalism. Conventional journalism, when done correctly, does the job of relaying accurate information. However, we do not live in an objective society. A person’s experience is, by definition, subjective and that affects the way in which they relate to others and society overall. When reporting from a purely objective perspective, subjectivity is lost and the information becomes less relatable.
Simple example: objective reporting of a death would focus on the cause of death and other medically relevant information. But if you have experienced the death of someone close to you, you know that a clinical perspective does little to describe how you felt or what that experience was like. There is important and relatable information that is lost by ignoring the subjectivity.
Further to the point, anything worth reporting needs context and context requires at least some degree of subjectivity. Many important social issues can only be properly understood when the context is also understood. In my opinion, there should be various forms of journalism with varying degrees of objectivity and subjectivity. Established truths and facts need to be respected but there is also a lot to learn from different experiences of the same event.
 
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by Natasha Vaughan – Friday, 9 March 2018, 3:13 PM
 
Hey Amanada,
I have really enjoyed your post. I like how you mention the relation between Gonzo and New journalism. I think how you mentioned that there is room for subjectivity is right on point.
Do you think that the point of view from each journalist would change what is considered subjective and objective? Also, do you think that a journalist’s past experiences would change the way in which they write? I often wonder if certain situations trigger each differently, which changes the angle that they write from. Hunter S. Thompson’s attitude that created the Gonzo Journalism seemed to be a ” I don’t care what you think about me” attitude, and I think that this is important when considering the subjective and objective ideas.
Thanks for your post!!
Natasha
 
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by Jenna Therens – Saturday, 10 March 2018, 12:55 PM
 
Hi Natasha,
I enjoyed the questions you asked. I know they were directed at Amanda but would like to add my own subjective answers.
As someone who has had some experience writing for publication and can confidently say that my personal experiences have definitely impacted my writing. I am passionate about what I write and my perspective and experience adds to my piece. I also know that I can write for many days on the same subject and have different angles that I look at that vary depending on my personal feelings which influences my writing. One day I can be angry and write hot and the next I am motivated and write encouragingly.
Thanks for the questions; they provoked thought and inward reflection to the manner in which I write.
Jenna
 
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by Kennedi Deregowski – Saturday, 10 March 2018, 10:08 PM
 
Hey Jenna!
I know you were replying to the questions Natasha had asked however I really enjoyed your point of view coming from someone who has done writing for publication before. I had never realized that your mood could affect how you would write for a specific story. I think I always had the work attitude of “leave your personal life out of your work life” however I think being in different moods or mindsets could definitely give an article a different perspective and influence it in many different ways. This was something I had never considered before but found it very interesting!
 
Thanks for sharing!
Kennedi
 
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by Jenna Therens – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 12:47 PM
 
Hello again Kennedi,
I think it is of importance to mention that I am, in a sense, a Gonzo writer.
A quick Google search will show that I write about bullying in our society, my family’s personal experiences with it, the aftermaths of it and finding solutions to a very real issue that plagues children and adults alike. Bully actions and victim responses are something we are all capable of depending on the circumstances. From my writing position I am able to add statistics, like suicide among youths in Canada ages 8-16 is the second leading cause of death next to childhood cancer and I can also share with parents the warning signs that I missed and what has helped my son to be healthier and happier since his attempt in hopes of educating and helping others.
Much like my post in this forum mentioned, it is easy for people to not acknowledge something or tune in if the topic does not directly impact them. I regard to the topic I write on, I was aware that bullying is an issue in our society but it did not impact me therefore I paid minimal attention to it. It was not until my son, who was ten at the time, attempted suicide as a result of years of bullying and not sharing with me. I was guilty of complacency and not addressing a very real issue until it dramatically impacted my life. I have always been an advocate and had began public speaking from a personal perspective at 16 in the mid 1990’s, my life has been a struggle from the get go but I did not concentrate my efforts and take a more active role in this societal issue until my life was altered by it.
I can say that my form of Gonzo writing has added much insight to organizations, the schools in my area and connected my family with other families that experience the same or are wanting to address the issue before their child considers suicide their only option to ending the pain and torment. I also received an invitation to speak to the UN in Geneva Switzerland  two years ago because of it. I wish I had paid more attention. I am grateful I made it in time to save him. My hope is to show those around me that awareness is great but action is better, my own experience dictates such.
Jenna
 
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by Morgan Duret – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 8:56 PM
 
Hi Jenna,
I actually googled your name when you said it and read the first article that came up on google. I just thought I would say that I am very sorry about what you went through. Also, that everything you have done to spread awareness for suicide among youths is amazing and inspirational. I had no idea that suicide was the second leading cause for death in youths, and I am shocked to find that out.
 
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by Jenna Therens – Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 3:08 AM
 
Hi Morgan,
Thank you for your kind words. It was/is definitely not something I would wish upon any one.
I was very angry the first few months after and decided it would be most beneficial for me to properly channel that anger. I began writing. It was a great form of release and I was able to work past that to be proactive and find solutions. Children’s Advocates, Premiers, schools, counselling services, basically any organization that dealt with children got a phone call or email from me. I knew bullying was an issue but I did not fully grasp the severity and intensity of suicide among Canada’s youth until it was a reality for my family. I was especially shocked at the statistics for Indigenous adults and youth. Those are staggering losses to entire communities and sometimes as many as seven in a week. How do people deal with that kind of loss in a small community?
I feel it is important to turn bad things around and I am grateful that my son reaches out to children that are going through the same things as he did. He has found his voice in this process also. It is quite amazing to see children become pen pals in this day and age of technology. My son inspires me and is the reason I am in university today. He asked me if I would help the other kids like him whose parent’s were/are too scared to say anything. There were many just in that one town alone.   I started in my community and figured the best way for me to help a broader number of people was to enter Social Work and see if I couldn’t address some systemic issues on that level also.  We pulled a positive out of it. I feel that was necessary to move forward. He is very strong and in a totally different place now. I want other families like ours to know that there is hope after utter despair; there are tools out there to make our kids healthier, both “bully” and “victim” and that we can change the actions and the responses. I feel it is necessary not to forget about the children that treat others badly too. This took a few months to for me to grasp but once I worked through the anger I knew that they act the way that they do for a reason and we need to address that too.
One for all and all for everyone, that’s my motto.
Jenna
 
 
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by Natasha Vaughan – Monday, 12 March 2018, 12:13 PM
 
Hey Jenna,
Thanks for your reply! I appreciate your comments, as obviously you have a greater perspective from being in that situation! I find it interesting how each day, the mood a person is in can change the writing that much.
Thanks again,
Natasha
 
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by Jenna Therens – Saturday, 10 March 2018, 12:41 PM
 
Hi Amanda,
Thank you for your perspective and post!
I am in total agreement that reporting needs objective facts yet need to have a subjective aspect also. This was apparent to me in the movie when they had the speaker at the police conference. He had facts but provided his own subjective opinions and experiences that he had with drug users. While he was speaking though, Depp and Del Toro who have experience using drugs were not relating to the speakers form of ‘reporting’ or subjectivity yet the police personnel were intently listening. I think that regardless of the type of reporting it depends largely on the listener or target audience. Subjectivity definitely helps to find that target audience.
Subjectivity is definitely key when addressing social issues. It is hard to ask a millionaire what would help solve the issue of homelessness without opening up his bank account to others or creating more jobs. Asking a homeless person what would help them would be more beneficial.  Much like our predominantly Caucasian government dictating programs and services to help the Indigenous peoples with the aftermath of Residential schools, 60’s scoop etc. The solutions are not something that the government can develop without the subjective input from the Indigenous peoples themselves. Social issues are multifaceted and while statistics and data are required there is much more to the issues than numbers.
Thanks again!
Jenna
 
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by Michael Horacki – Monday, 12 March 2018, 10:41 AM
 
All I would add to this thread is that objectivity should be regarded as a fiction, albeit often a useful one. It can be productive to try to remove one’s personal perspective under certain occasions, but as one experiences anything subjectively, such an attempt is unlikely to be totally successful under even the best of circumstances.
So the question is, it is better in a given situation to try to be objective (and write as though one really is objective), or try to be objective but acknowledge the limits of objectivity, or be overtly subjective? Obviously, all three approaches can be very powerful, though some are more likely to succeed in a given instance than others.
You can also think about them in terms of Aristotle’s categories of persuasion, Logos (use of logic or fact), Ethos (use of who the speaker is to add authority to their case), and Pathos (use of emotion). Attempting objectivity is great for making a Logos-based case; acknowledging limits of objectivity reduces reliance on Logos, but increases the appeal of Ethos; and unabashed subjectivity is great for making cases based in Ethos and Pathos. It might also matter what kind of argument one is responding to. If you think a Logos based argument is wrong, responding with Pathos can be very powerful (“Statistics may be what you say, but people are dying on the streets, so statistics be damned!”).
The reason I think Gonzo, in particular, is interesting is how far it takes its reliance on subjectivity, so that all sorts of things that clearly did not happen (drug trips, etc) are given just as much of (or, indeed, more of) a place in the text than things that did happen (which often appear unimportant to the narrative – who cares about the motorcycle race?).
 
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by Jenna Therens – Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 4:28 AM
 
Hello Professor Horacki,
I value and appreciate your knowledge and input and enjoy the added critical thought and analysis this course is providing me with, along with writing skills of course.
I still struggle with trying to figure out which option best suits the audience while getting the entirety of the message across. Perhaps it is just my own apprehensions about how the message will be received that I struggle with and not necessarily if I have chosen the right approach. On many levels it is largely audience/reader based, from my experiences anyways. Academia would likely prefer the objective approach. Where some of the conferences I have spoken at are most receptive to the objectivity with limitations approach and the families that join us at the kindness rallies need the overtly subjective approach. I find myself large and impart not using the objective perspective on its own, even in Academia. There always seems to be a portion of my subjectivity that that is relevant to the topics I discuss that impacts the emotions of others which really brings the message home. I still have a long way to go in honing my writing and speaking abilities as well as what approach is useful and where subjectivity will be accepted and appreciate for the value it adds to the problems and solutions.
Gonzo really is quite the character. I watched a few more videos and interviews of him and read some articles, it is really interesting to know that he truly is what he is unapologetically. The role that Johnny Depp played was likely a fairly accurate depiction of Thompson on a few levels. With the drug and addictions counselling classes I have taken this movie is a fairly accurate illustration of drug use, glorified but not far off. People disregard personal responsibility and are willing to jeopardize many things (employment, health, family, and friends) for the sake of the drugs. Nothing else matters when you are under the influence and the user is thinking of the next time they will get high and are completely oblivious to the world around them. Which really fit well into the era when Thompson wrote his book and the happenings of that time both nationally and globally. He was definitely an unorthodox trailblazer from whom I am able to benefit as a writer with some objective material and a subjective perspective on a social issue faced by many and with an accepted means to share with others.
Jenna
 
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by Shelby Leis – Friday, 9 March 2018, 11:29 AM
 
Gonzo journalism is writing that does not use claims of objectivity, that the reporter is part of the story. Gonzo journalism is facts that deemed to be less important than perceived underlying truth. Gonzo journalism is valuable to understand a deeper meaning to the writing and the reporter’s involvement in the writing. A systemic problem with conventional journalism that gonzo journalism response to is bias and the base of generally believes and morals. Gonzo journalism makes the readers understand the truth, where conventional journalism is based in accordance with generally done or believed to be. It is important to understand what is perceived to be true and that is really true. It was stated in the video we watched that, Hunter S. Thompson made up a rumour and everyone ran with it. Conventional journalism says whatever they want and people will believe it. He also said that it was simpler when he was unknown and that he does not like to be famous which makes it easy to writing gonzo journalism. At the same time, it seems weird for someone to say this because so many people want to be known as famous and he states that he would rather not be. I just found it super interesting, his point of views are very different and I really enjoyed it.
 
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by Natasha Vaughan – Friday, 9 March 2018, 3:18 PM
 
Hey Shelby,
I definitely agree with you where you mention that Gonzo Journalism is facts that deemed to be less important than perceived underlying truth. With Gonzo Journalism containing the reporter as part of the story, do you think that the mind set of the reporter may play too much of a role within the articles? Everyone has opinions on things, and I wonder if with Gonzo Journalism not all perspectives would be considered, then in turn leaving out important facts.
I also found it super interesting. I enjoy that he has a somewhat strong personality, because I think that is a main reason that allowed him to be an effective journalist.
Thanks for your post!
Natasha
 
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by Callie Schwartz – Friday, 9 March 2018, 9:09 PM
 
Hi Shelby!
I liked your point about how in Gonzo journalism “the reporter is part of the story”. When initially learning about Gonzo journalism, I was a bit skeptical because I thought that the loss of objectivity would make the writing appear unprofessional or even biased. However, after this week’s lecture and videos, I can see that the loss of objectivity is actually beneficial for journalism. It is much more interesting reading a story in which the writer’s subjective viewpoint plays a part in the piece.
I also thought that it was a bit odd that Thompson said that he did not want to be famous in his interview. However, I suppose that a lack of fame in the area of Gonzo journalism would be advantageous because it could have a negative affect on the readers’ perspective of a story if it was written in a famous person’s subjective viewpoint.
I really enjoyed reading your thoughts!
 
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by Jamie La Rose – Saturday, 10 March 2018, 7:35 PM
 
Hi Shelby,
I agree with a lot of what you said in your post. I think it is important that Gonzo journalism does not use claims of objectivity. I think in journalism it can be really difficult to write a piece without any bias and think one of the benefits of Gonzo journalism is that it does not pretend to be objective. I think it is interesting for a reader to be able to know that this is how the journalist experienced an event and that there could be numerous ways to explain the same event. Even when writers claim to be objective they are not necessarily being objective. I think that in order to have complete objectivity you would need to have only facts. I don’t think that type of writing is all that interesting and I don’t think a lot of people would enjoy strictly reading facts.
 
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by Callie Schwartz – Friday, 9 March 2018, 8:35 PM
 
Gonzo journalism offers a different view of issues and events that are reported by journalists. The loss of objectivity opens up the potential for a piece written in the Gonzo journalism style to be different and unique. The issue with conventional journalism is that every piece has the same emotionless tone when describing certain events that took place for a story. Because these pieces have to come from an objective viewpoint, it can be hard to create a difference in tone when describing a positive event or story, such as a puppy adoption center opening up in the city, or a negative story, such as describing the details of a double homicide investigation.
Gonzo journalism allows for the use of pathos when a journalist is writing a story. Pathos allows readers to become more involved with the story they are reading. Readers are more likely to be able to relate to the story if they can see the story from someone’s subjective point of view. Also, the process of gathering information to write a story can be quite interesting, and Gonzo journalism allows journalists to let their experience influence their writing. For example, if a journalist is writing about a major conspiracy theory that they discovered to be true, they can allow their experience of secretly gathering evidence and their feelings of excitement, anxiousness, and maybe even a little fear influence their writing so that the readers can also feel the nerves and excitement when they are reading that piece. Gonzo journalism opens up this entire section of writing that conventional journalism does not always allow for.
 
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by Jenna Therens – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 12:59 AM
 
I feel that Gonzo journalism allows for personal perspective to be included in ones writing. With Gonzo journalism comes the possibility for people to genuinely tune in. In the movie Del Toro turns the radio off when the station is reporting on the deaths of soldiers in Vietnam. While statistics are needed to report accurately, those statistics did not catch nor hold the attention of the listener. It is easy for people to change the channel or not be concerned about something that does not personally impacted them or contradicts their perspectives, experiences or makes them uncomfortable.
Gonzo journalism draws in all types of listeners. Drug addicts, critics, people who do not care what he says but are interested in viewing the performance. In the end there is an array of listeners from different backgrounds. While this form of writing is comedic and satirical at times there is truth in it. Hopefully there will be some who have heard the underlying message or at the very least pulled something out of it that they did not see, understand or care about before.
There are many areas of society with systemic issues and journalism and media are no exception. A systemic problem I see with conventional journalism is that it is very political in nature and with politics comes and agenda. If journalists were to report truth there would be serious repercussions for political leaders, corporations and many white-collared people as well as the journalists and their employers, which would be problematic for all involved. Scandals and whistle-blowers are not looked upon kindly. Traditional journalism reports on facts but is also censored by editors for content. It must be approved prior to print or release so the chances of a controversial story based on a personal experience with that has potential to be problematic will not be printed.
The media today shows much of the crime in our society is blue-collared, low income or marginalized individuals or groups. There is on white-collared or corporate actions that have a much more devastating impact on society, from environmental issues to tax avoidance for the upper-class and corporations outsourcing work for lower wages. In justice studies discusses formal justice and treating likes alike and unalikes unalike, which comes into play with politics and media. The status and positions of those involved in the elite crimes often has political roots or ties on some level and in treating likes alike it is not reported on as much as the unalikes are. Sex Scandals come to mind and even with media coverage it is often comes down to ‘his word against hers’, the comparison of stature in society and an ability to pay legal fees. Social status is important.
Gonzo journalism is ‘real’ reporting, it is uncomfortable at times but it provides a broader picture to the topics and issues as well as provoking thought. It challenges the foundations not only of journalism but of society as well. People are comfortable and complacent. If it does not impact them and them it is not their problem and they do not have to deal with it. It is during times of discomfort that people grow. Hard realities need to be acknowledged for exactly what they are and responsibility needs to be taken in order for change to happen and improvements made. Governments and individuals alike are corrupt. By calling attention to the actions of societies elite they will be accountable and there is a better chance that they will improve on their actions if they are aware that there are consequences for their actions. I see Gonzo journalism as an act of defiance in its era.
Ultimately in my opinion Gonzo journalism provides a opportunity for understanding and a different perspective which I am a true believer is needed to address many of the issues society faces today. It provides a chance to look at uncomfortable truths that we were either unaware of, blissfully ignored, or were influenced otherwise. It pulls people out of their comfort zone and that is when change begins to happen.
Jenna
 
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by YesiraAbdalbyine – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 2:33 AM
 
what is gained by such form of writting? what are the systemic problem with conventional journalism that Gonzo journamlism is a response to?
I think something that is gained by gonzo journalism is the connotation of the story that is being reported. The author puts themselves in the story they are reporting or  take part in the story they are reporting without trying to be fair to the other part of the story they are reporting, which is lacking in the conventional journalism, conventional journalism focuses more in the denotation of they story being reported.
 
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by Sara Heidt – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 5:35 PM
 
I think gonzo journalism is a more honest form of journalism. The mainstream stories we are being fed are often just a regurgitation of what every other news outlet is writing about, maybe with a few lies thrown in. I feel like conventional journalism has a goal of altering a reader’s opinion about something or helping them form an opinion that they did not previously have, in addition to it having no honest thoughts from the author. Gonzo journalism is an emotional and experience-driven account of a journalist’s on any given topic. It is a raw account of how the journalist feels about the story rather than a buttered-up or perhaps manipulated account.
 
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by Cassandra Rees – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 11:51 PM
 
I agree with this completely! Gonzo journalism seems to me to be the journalist’s truth on a subject that is backed by their own experiences; through this type of writing, the reader gains an idea of who the journalist is as an individual as well as how they felt towards the subject. Conventional journalism is full of subjects that were chosen by people in power and when you read about them you are getting a manipulated and biased account of the event that ultimately has nothing to do with that specific journalist. Gonzo journalism seems to require more of an actual talent towards writing while conventional just needs to ramble out the same lines as everyone else.
 
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by Taylor Knaus – Saturday, 17 March 2018, 3:32 PM
 
Based on my research of this type of writing style, I agree with what you’ve written. I feel like this form of writing allows more of the writer’s personality to be woven into their craft. It becomes wholly about the way they want the story written and less of a story that is influenced by outside forces.
 
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by Alexander Dalusong – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 7:54 PM
 
“What are the systemic problems with conventional journalism that Gonzo journalism is a response to?”
 
I believe one of the Gonzo Journalism is a response to the ultimate flaw of conventional journalism: it’s claims of being the truth. The truth has to be perfect, because it is the truth. It has to have no flaws, it must tell the story as it is 100%. And for the truth in its entirety to be grasped, its consumer must also possess the same perfection that the truth possesses, or else the value of the truth will be diminished, akin to a layman’s tongue that is unable to appreciate the complexities of high-class cuisine.
However, human beings are imperfect creatures. And if an imperfect creature tries to tell a story of pure truth to a bunch of imperfect listeners, the result will be a diluted solution of half-truth and half-fiction. In short, we are incapable of handling the vastness of the truth in its entirety and when we try, what we produce is a poorly-constructed house-of-cards replica of the truth.
Gonzo Journalism, however, sees objectivity as a vain pursuit and instead embraces humanity’s imperfection and creates stories told through the imperfect human eye. I never wanted this to be a philosophical post but I believe that there is value in Gonzo Journalism, or in the truth that is seen by the human eye, rather than the vain objectivity that conventional journalism tries to achieve but could never.
 
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by Morgan Duret – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 9:10 PM
 
When I think of gonzo journalism being a story that is written by a reporter who is writting about something that they are experiencing, I think of a of a non-fiction novel. I googled gonzo journalism and read a story, and that is how it seemed!
From reading this form if writing, I think you can gain a different perspective. Almost like a feeling of being involved in the event that the reporter is experiencing.
 
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by Daniel Carr – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 11:02 PM
 
There is much to be gained from such a personal style of writing such as gonzo journalism.  Adding one’s own personal perspective to a piece of writing gives it much more of an authentic and genuine feel.  If the reader knows that the writer has personal experiences attached to the story and it is written from a first person perspective, it gives the story a feel of much more credibility and authenticity.  On the other hand, daily sports reporters, for example, will interview athletes and twist their words to fit their personal agendas.  They do this because they want the “juicy” headline or story, so an athlete might have said “we are struggling right now, the team needs to pick it up,” the reporter then prints the headline: “Star athlete blames teammates for losing streak.”  This is not at all what the athlete said but it makes for an interesting headline and many people will tune in.  This inauthenticity of facts is the systemic problem that gonzo journalism addresses.
 
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by MD Tanvir Ahmed – Sunday, 18 March 2018, 11:06 PM
 
Gonzo journalism is a style of journalism that is written without claims of objectivity, it focuses on the truth and the deeper meaning rather than what the conventional journalism does which is siding with one party which is generally believed to be. Conventional journalism is more like spreading a rumour like Hunter S. Thompson did, and people started believing it. Ironically, the Gonzo journalist prefers to remain anonymous since that makes it easier for his journalism when people really prefer to be famous which shows the contrast of his views and others. Overall, really enjoyed reading everyone’s views and thoughts!
 
 

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Benefits of the Loss of Objectivity with Gonzo
by Michael Horacki – Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 9:16 AM

“Gonzo” journalism obviously involves a sacrifice of objectivity, and the result is a mode of writing that is as much literature as journalism. What is gained by such a form of writing? What are the systemic problems with conventional journalism that Gonzo journalism is a response to?

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by Natasha Vaughan – Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 12:43 PM

From watching the video, what I find is gained from this form of writing is that the people involved gain plubicity. As he says in the video, that he wishes he could go back to when nobody knew who he was because it was so much more then. I think that proves that by being a “ nobody” allows people to discuss and contemplate what is being said more, which gains more. The systematic problems that occur are that each have untrue or altered stories that go with them. In the video, they mention how he made up a story of someone being on a drug, and that people believed it. This is a systematic problem as he more than likely wasn’t the only one who was making up such stories.

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by Shelby Leis – Friday, 9 March 2018, 11:36 AM

Hey Natasha,
I found that him not wanting to be famous seemed to be very interesting for me. I never really thought about it until Hunter S. Thompson was talking about it. Now that I understand it does make sense that one would get more ‘true’ information by being a ‘nobody’. The true information would be information that is facts and information that is not clouded by bias. When one is famous people will try and change things to make the story more interesting which than alters the story. Like I just stated untrue and altering stories is a systematic problem which I totally agree with you one. Some people will believe anything.
Thanks for your post!

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by Natasha Vaughan – Friday, 9 March 2018, 3:06 PM

Hey Shelby,
I also found that interesting as I mentioned. I now understand why he wouldn’t want to be as well. I found his attitude quite interesting as well, which I think contributes to who he is as a journalist. As they were both joking back and forth, it almost made me wonder if there was some seriousness to their ” jokes”. This can flow into his attitude as a journalist as well, and that many of them could come from a sarcastic point of view.
Thanks for your comment!!
Natasha

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by TannisNaytowhow – Friday, 9 March 2018, 3:49 PM

It was also interesting to me that he did not want to be famous. I agree with you Shelby when you point out that Hunter S. Thompson found that he would get more truthful information by being a nobody. He seemed ashamed yet almost overwhelmed to have so many fans ask for his signature. I think it is important to recognise the value of not being famous and the perspective you gain out of it. I really understand where Hunter is coming from.

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by Kennedi Deregowski – Saturday, 10 March 2018, 10:02 PM

Hey Natasha!
I really enjoyed reading your response. I had the same idea that you also had when you mentioned that being nobody may just be better then being famous. With making up the story about the drug, it goes to show how brainwashed society can really be. Anyone famous can say a false story and people would believe it. I understand why he would rather be seen as a ‘nobody’ because he feels like then his opinions would really matter.
Thanks for the great response!

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by Alexander Dalusong – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 7:39 PM

I believe that, going on the same tangent as your comment, or so I believe, Gonzo Journalism explores an un-contextual side to a story, which can be interesting and might offer a different perspective to the otherwise orthodox journalism. Objective journalism is reported in the context of the truth, but Gonzo journalism is based on the context of the writer, and as the reader reads a piece written in the style of gonzo, he/she learns more about the writer as much as he/she learns about the piece he/she is reading. Maybe that was the reason why Thompson says he wishes that the could go back to being a nobody, because back then he is able to introduce himself to the readers, whereas in his fame people already know him and there’s nothing left to explore. It is notable that in Thompson’s suicide notes, he implies that he finds life boring.

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by Amanda Braun – Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 6:47 PM

My answer to this will focus less on the specifics of Hunter S. Thompson’s work and more on the idea of Gonzo journalism. Gonzo journalism isn’t the only of its kind, Joan Didion and her style of “New Journalism” also comes to mind. The two styles are different but are related to each other because they both make room for subjectivity in reporting.
Facts and objectivity are undoubtedly important, in all areas and not just journalism. Conventional journalism, when done correctly, does the job of relaying accurate information. However, we do not live in an objective society. A person’s experience is, by definition, subjective and that affects the way in which they relate to others and society overall. When reporting from a purely objective perspective, subjectivity is lost and the information becomes less relatable.
Simple example: objective reporting of a death would focus on the cause of death and other medically relevant information. But if you have experienced the death of someone close to you, you know that a clinical perspective does little to describe how you felt or what that experience was like. There is important and relatable information that is lost by ignoring the subjectivity.
Further to the point, anything worth reporting needs context and context requires at least some degree of subjectivity. Many important social issues can only be properly understood when the context is also understood. In my opinion, there should be various forms of journalism with varying degrees of objectivity and subjectivity. Established truths and facts need to be respected but there is also a lot to learn from different experiences of the same event.

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by Natasha Vaughan – Friday, 9 March 2018, 3:13 PM

Hey Amanada,
I have really enjoyed your post. I like how you mention the relation between Gonzo and New journalism. I think how you mentioned that there is room for subjectivity is right on point.
Do you think that the point of view from each journalist would change what is considered subjective and objective? Also, do you think that a journalist’s past experiences would change the way in which they write? I often wonder if certain situations trigger each differently, which changes the angle that they write from. Hunter S. Thompson’s attitude that created the Gonzo Journalism seemed to be a ” I don’t care what you think about me” attitude, and I think that this is important when considering the subjective and objective ideas.
Thanks for your post!!
Natasha

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by Jenna Therens – Saturday, 10 March 2018, 12:55 PM

Hi Natasha,
I enjoyed the questions you asked. I know they were directed at Amanda but would like to add my own subjective answers.
As someone who has had some experience writing for publication and can confidently say that my personal experiences have definitely impacted my writing. I am passionate about what I write and my perspective and experience adds to my piece. I also know that I can write for many days on the same subject and have different angles that I look at that vary depending on my personal feelings which influences my writing. One day I can be angry and write hot and the next I am motivated and write encouragingly.
Thanks for the questions; they provoked thought and inward reflection to the manner in which I write.
Jenna

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by Kennedi Deregowski – Saturday, 10 March 2018, 10:08 PM

Hey Jenna!
I know you were replying to the questions Natasha had asked however I really enjoyed your point of view coming from someone who has done writing for publication before. I had never realized that your mood could affect how you would write for a specific story. I think I always had the work attitude of “leave your personal life out of your work life” however I think being in different moods or mindsets could definitely give an article a different perspective and influence it in many different ways. This was something I had never considered before but found it very interesting!

Thanks for sharing!
Kennedi

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by Jenna Therens – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 12:47 PM

Hello again Kennedi,
I think it is of importance to mention that I am, in a sense, a Gonzo writer.
A quick Google search will show that I write about bullying in our society, my family’s personal experiences with it, the aftermaths of it and finding solutions to a very real issue that plagues children and adults alike. Bully actions and victim responses are something we are all capable of depending on the circumstances. From my writing position I am able to add statistics, like suicide among youths in Canada ages 8-16 is the second leading cause of death next to childhood cancer and I can also share with parents the warning signs that I missed and what has helped my son to be healthier and happier since his attempt in hopes of educating and helping others.
Much like my post in this forum mentioned, it is easy for people to not acknowledge something or tune in if the topic does not directly impact them. I regard to the topic I write on, I was aware that bullying is an issue in our society but it did not impact me therefore I paid minimal attention to it. It was not until my son, who was ten at the time, attempted suicide as a result of years of bullying and not sharing with me. I was guilty of complacency and not addressing a very real issue until it dramatically impacted my life. I have always been an advocate and had began public speaking from a personal perspective at 16 in the mid 1990’s, my life has been a struggle from the get go but I did not concentrate my efforts and take a more active role in this societal issue until my life was altered by it.
I can say that my form of Gonzo writing has added much insight to organizations, the schools in my area and connected my family with other families that experience the same or are wanting to address the issue before their child considers suicide their only option to ending the pain and torment. I also received an invitation to speak to the UN in Geneva Switzerland  two years ago because of it. I wish I had paid more attention. I am grateful I made it in time to save him. My hope is to show those around me that awareness is great but action is better, my own experience dictates such.
Jenna

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by Morgan Duret – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 8:56 PM

Hi Jenna,
I actually googled your name when you said it and read the first article that came up on google. I just thought I would say that I am very sorry about what you went through. Also, that everything you have done to spread awareness for suicide among youths is amazing and inspirational. I had no idea that suicide was the second leading cause for death in youths, and I am shocked to find that out.

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by Jenna Therens – Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 3:08 AM

Hi Morgan,
Thank you for your kind words. It was/is definitely not something I would wish upon any one.
I was very angry the first few months after and decided it would be most beneficial for me to properly channel that anger. I began writing. It was a great form of release and I was able to work past that to be proactive and find solutions. Children’s Advocates, Premiers, schools, counselling services, basically any organization that dealt with children got a phone call or email from me. I knew bullying was an issue but I did not fully grasp the severity and intensity of suicide among Canada’s youth until it was a reality for my family. I was especially shocked at the statistics for Indigenous adults and youth. Those are staggering losses to entire communities and sometimes as many as seven in a week. How do people deal with that kind of loss in a small community?
I feel it is important to turn bad things around and I am grateful that my son reaches out to children that are going through the same things as he did. He has found his voice in this process also. It is quite amazing to see children become pen pals in this day and age of technology. My son inspires me and is the reason I am in university today. He asked me if I would help the other kids like him whose parent’s were/are too scared to say anything. There were many just in that one town alone.   I started in my community and figured the best way for me to help a broader number of people was to enter Social Work and see if I couldn’t address some systemic issues on that level also.  We pulled a positive out of it. I feel that was necessary to move forward. He is very strong and in a totally different place now. I want other families like ours to know that there is hope after utter despair; there are tools out there to make our kids healthier, both “bully” and “victim” and that we can change the actions and the responses. I feel it is necessary not to forget about the children that treat others badly too. This took a few months to for me to grasp but once I worked through the anger I knew that they act the way that they do for a reason and we need to address that too.
One for all and all for everyone, that’s my motto.
Jenna

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by Natasha Vaughan – Monday, 12 March 2018, 12:13 PM

Hey Jenna,
Thanks for your reply! I appreciate your comments, as obviously you have a greater perspective from being in that situation! I find it interesting how each day, the mood a person is in can change the writing that much.
Thanks again,
Natasha

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by Jenna Therens – Saturday, 10 March 2018, 12:41 PM

Hi Amanda,
Thank you for your perspective and post!
I am in total agreement that reporting needs objective facts yet need to have a subjective aspect also. This was apparent to me in the movie when they had the speaker at the police conference. He had facts but provided his own subjective opinions and experiences that he had with drug users. While he was speaking though, Depp and Del Toro who have experience using drugs were not relating to the speakers form of ‘reporting’ or subjectivity yet the police personnel were intently listening. I think that regardless of the type of reporting it depends largely on the listener or target audience. Subjectivity definitely helps to find that target audience.
Subjectivity is definitely key when addressing social issues. It is hard to ask a millionaire what would help solve the issue of homelessness without opening up his bank account to others or creating more jobs. Asking a homeless person what would help them would be more beneficial.  Much like our predominantly Caucasian government dictating programs and services to help the Indigenous peoples with the aftermath of Residential schools, 60’s scoop etc. The solutions are not something that the government can develop without the subjective input from the Indigenous peoples themselves. Social issues are multifaceted and while statistics and data are required there is much more to the issues than numbers.
Thanks again!
Jenna

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by Michael Horacki – Monday, 12 March 2018, 10:41 AM

All I would add to this thread is that objectivity should be regarded as a fiction, albeit often a useful one. It can be productive to try to remove one’s personal perspective under certain occasions, but as one experiences anything subjectively, such an attempt is unlikely to be totally successful under even the best of circumstances.
So the question is, it is better in a given situation to try to be objective (and write as though one really is objective), or try to be objective but acknowledge the limits of objectivity, or be overtly subjective? Obviously, all three approaches can be very powerful, though some are more likely to succeed in a given instance than others.
You can also think about them in terms of Aristotle’s categories of persuasion, Logos (use of logic or fact), Ethos (use of who the speaker is to add authority to their case), and Pathos (use of emotion). Attempting objectivity is great for making a Logos-based case; acknowledging limits of objectivity reduces reliance on Logos, but increases the appeal of Ethos; and unabashed subjectivity is great for making cases based in Ethos and Pathos. It might also matter what kind of argument one is responding to. If you think a Logos based argument is wrong, responding with Pathos can be very powerful (“Statistics may be what you say, but people are dying on the streets, so statistics be damned!”).
The reason I think Gonzo, in particular, is interesting is how far it takes its reliance on subjectivity, so that all sorts of things that clearly did not happen (drug trips, etc) are given just as much of (or, indeed, more of) a place in the text than things that did happen (which often appear unimportant to the narrative – who cares about the motorcycle race?).

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by Jenna Therens – Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 4:28 AM

Hello Professor Horacki,
I value and appreciate your knowledge and input and enjoy the added critical thought and analysis this course is providing me with, along with writing skills of course.
I still struggle with trying to figure out which option best suits the audience while getting the entirety of the message across. Perhaps it is just my own apprehensions about how the message will be received that I struggle with and not necessarily if I have chosen the right approach. On many levels it is largely audience/reader based, from my experiences anyways. Academia would likely prefer the objective approach. Where some of the conferences I have spoken at are most receptive to the objectivity with limitations approach and the families that join us at the kindness rallies need the overtly subjective approach. I find myself large and impart not using the objective perspective on its own, even in Academia. There always seems to be a portion of my subjectivity that that is relevant to the topics I discuss that impacts the emotions of others which really brings the message home. I still have a long way to go in honing my writing and speaking abilities as well as what approach is useful and where subjectivity will be accepted and appreciate for the value it adds to the problems and solutions.
Gonzo really is quite the character. I watched a few more videos and interviews of him and read some articles, it is really interesting to know that he truly is what he is unapologetically. The role that Johnny Depp played was likely a fairly accurate depiction of Thompson on a few levels. With the drug and addictions counselling classes I have taken this movie is a fairly accurate illustration of drug use, glorified but not far off. People disregard personal responsibility and are willing to jeopardize many things (employment, health, family, and friends) for the sake of the drugs. Nothing else matters when you are under the influence and the user is thinking of the next time they will get high and are completely oblivious to the world around them. Which really fit well into the era when Thompson wrote his book and the happenings of that time both nationally and globally. He was definitely an unorthodox trailblazer from whom I am able to benefit as a writer with some objective material and a subjective perspective on a social issue faced by many and with an accepted means to share with others.
Jenna

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by Shelby Leis – Friday, 9 March 2018, 11:29 AM

Gonzo journalism is writing that does not use claims of objectivity, that the reporter is part of the story. Gonzo journalism is facts that deemed to be less important than perceived underlying truth. Gonzo journalism is valuable to understand a deeper meaning to the writing and the reporter’s involvement in the writing. A systemic problem with conventional journalism that gonzo journalism response to is bias and the base of generally believes and morals. Gonzo journalism makes the readers understand the truth, where conventional journalism is based in accordance with generally done or believed to be. It is important to understand what is perceived to be true and that is really true. It was stated in the video we watched that, Hunter S. Thompson made up a rumour and everyone ran with it. Conventional journalism says whatever they want and people will believe it. He also said that it was simpler when he was unknown and that he does not like to be famous which makes it easy to writing gonzo journalism. At the same time, it seems weird for someone to say this because so many people want to be known as famous and he states that he would rather not be. I just found it super interesting, his point of views are very different and I really enjoyed it.

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by Natasha Vaughan – Friday, 9 March 2018, 3:18 PM

Hey Shelby,
I definitely agree with you where you mention that Gonzo Journalism is facts that deemed to be less important than perceived underlying truth. With Gonzo Journalism containing the reporter as part of the story, do you think that the mind set of the reporter may play too much of a role within the articles? Everyone has opinions on things, and I wonder if with Gonzo Journalism not all perspectives would be considered, then in turn leaving out important facts.
I also found it super interesting. I enjoy that he has a somewhat strong personality, because I think that is a main reason that allowed him to be an effective journalist.
Thanks for your post!
Natasha

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by Callie Schwartz – Friday, 9 March 2018, 9:09 PM

Hi Shelby!
I liked your point about how in Gonzo journalism “the reporter is part of the story”. When initially learning about Gonzo journalism, I was a bit skeptical because I thought that the loss of objectivity would make the writing appear unprofessional or even biased. However, after this week’s lecture and videos, I can see that the loss of objectivity is actually beneficial for journalism. It is much more interesting reading a story in which the writer’s subjective viewpoint plays a part in the piece.
I also thought that it was a bit odd that Thompson said that he did not want to be famous in his interview. However, I suppose that a lack of fame in the area of Gonzo journalism would be advantageous because it could have a negative affect on the readers’ perspective of a story if it was written in a famous person’s subjective viewpoint.
I really enjoyed reading your thoughts!

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by Jamie La Rose – Saturday, 10 March 2018, 7:35 PM

Hi Shelby,
I agree with a lot of what you said in your post. I think it is important that Gonzo journalism does not use claims of objectivity. I think in journalism it can be really difficult to write a piece without any bias and think one of the benefits of Gonzo journalism is that it does not pretend to be objective. I think it is interesting for a reader to be able to know that this is how the journalist experienced an event and that there could be numerous ways to explain the same event. Even when writers claim to be objective they are not necessarily being objective. I think that in order to have complete objectivity you would need to have only facts. I don’t think that type of writing is all that interesting and I don’t think a lot of people would enjoy strictly reading facts.

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by Callie Schwartz – Friday, 9 March 2018, 8:35 PM

Gonzo journalism offers a different view of issues and events that are reported by journalists. The loss of objectivity opens up the potential for a piece written in the Gonzo journalism style to be different and unique. The issue with conventional journalism is that every piece has the same emotionless tone when describing certain events that took place for a story. Because these pieces have to come from an objective viewpoint, it can be hard to create a difference in tone when describing a positive event or story, such as a puppy adoption center opening up in the city, or a negative story, such as describing the details of a double homicide investigation.
Gonzo journalism allows for the use of pathos when a journalist is writing a story. Pathos allows readers to become more involved with the story they are reading. Readers are more likely to be able to relate to the story if they can see the story from someone’s subjective point of view. Also, the process of gathering information to write a story can be quite interesting, and Gonzo journalism allows journalists to let their experience influence their writing. For example, if a journalist is writing about a major conspiracy theory that they discovered to be true, they can allow their experience of secretly gathering evidence and their feelings of excitement, anxiousness, and maybe even a little fear influence their writing so that the readers can also feel the nerves and excitement when they are reading that piece. Gonzo journalism opens up this entire section of writing that conventional journalism does not always allow for.

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Re: Benefits of the Loss of Objectivity with Gonzo
by Jenna Therens – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 12:59 AM

I feel that Gonzo journalism allows for personal perspective to be included in ones writing. With Gonzo journalism comes the possibility for people to genuinely tune in. In the movie Del Toro turns the radio off when the station is reporting on the deaths of soldiers in Vietnam. While statistics are needed to report accurately, those statistics did not catch nor hold the attention of the listener. It is easy for people to change the channel or not be concerned about something that does not personally impacted them or contradicts their perspectives, experiences or makes them uncomfortable.
Gonzo journalism draws in all types of listeners. Drug addicts, critics, people who do not care what he says but are interested in viewing the performance. In the end there is an array of listeners from different backgrounds. While this form of writing is comedic and satirical at times there is truth in it. Hopefully there will be some who have heard the underlying message or at the very least pulled something out of it that they did not see, understand or care about before.
There are many areas of society with systemic issues and journalism and media are no exception. A systemic problem I see with conventional journalism is that it is very political in nature and with politics comes and agenda. If journalists were to report truth there would be serious repercussions for political leaders, corporations and many white-collared people as well as the journalists and their employers, which would be problematic for all involved. Scandals and whistle-blowers are not looked upon kindly. Traditional journalism reports on facts but is also censored by editors for content. It must be approved prior to print or release so the chances of a controversial story based on a personal experience with that has potential to be problematic will not be printed.
The media today shows much of the crime in our society is blue-collared, low income or marginalized individuals or groups. There is on white-collared or corporate actions that have a much more devastating impact on society, from environmental issues to tax avoidance for the upper-class and corporations outsourcing work for lower wages. In justice studies discusses formal justice and treating likes alike and unalikes unalike, which comes into play with politics and media. The status and positions of those involved in the elite crimes often has political roots or ties on some level and in treating likes alike it is not reported on as much as the unalikes are. Sex Scandals come to mind and even with media coverage it is often comes down to ‘his word against hers’, the comparison of stature in society and an ability to pay legal fees. Social status is important.
Gonzo journalism is ‘real’ reporting, it is uncomfortable at times but it provides a broader picture to the topics and issues as well as provoking thought. It challenges the foundations not only of journalism but of society as well. People are comfortable and complacent. If it does not impact them and them it is not their problem and they do not have to deal with it. It is during times of discomfort that people grow. Hard realities need to be acknowledged for exactly what they are and responsibility needs to be taken in order for change to happen and improvements made. Governments and individuals alike are corrupt. By calling attention to the actions of societies elite they will be accountable and there is a better chance that they will improve on their actions if they are aware that there are consequences for their actions. I see Gonzo journalism as an act of defiance in its era.
Ultimately in my opinion Gonzo journalism provides a opportunity for understanding and a different perspective which I am a true believer is needed to address many of the issues society faces today. It provides a chance to look at uncomfortable truths that we were either unaware of, blissfully ignored, or were influenced otherwise. It pulls people out of their comfort zone and that is when change begins to happen.
Jenna

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Re: Benefits of the Loss of Objectivity with Gonzo
by YesiraAbdalbyine – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 2:33 AM

what is gained by such form of writting? what are the systemic problem with conventional journalism that Gonzo journamlism is a response to?
I think something that is gained by gonzo journalism is the connotation of the story that is being reported. The author puts themselves in the story they are reporting or  take part in the story they are reporting without trying to be fair to the other part of the story they are reporting, which is lacking in the conventional journalism, conventional journalism focuses more in the denotation of they story being reported.

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Re: Benefits of the Loss of Objectivity with Gonzo
by Sara Heidt – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 5:35 PM

I think gonzo journalism is a more honest form of journalism. The mainstream stories we are being fed are often just a regurgitation of what every other news outlet is writing about, maybe with a few lies thrown in. I feel like conventional journalism has a goal of altering a reader’s opinion about something or helping them form an opinion that they did not previously have, in addition to it having no honest thoughts from the author. Gonzo journalism is an emotional and experience-driven account of a journalist’s on any given topic. It is a raw account of how the journalist feels about the story rather than a buttered-up or perhaps manipulated account.

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Re: Benefits of the Loss of Objectivity with Gonzo
by Cassandra Rees – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 11:51 PM

I agree with this completely! Gonzo journalism seems to me to be the journalist’s truth on a subject that is backed by their own experiences; through this type of writing, the reader gains an idea of who the journalist is as an individual as well as how they felt towards the subject. Conventional journalism is full of subjects that were chosen by people in power and when you read about them you are getting a manipulated and biased account of the event that ultimately has nothing to do with that specific journalist. Gonzo journalism seems to require more of an actual talent towards writing while conventional just needs to ramble out the same lines as everyone else.

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Re: Benefits of the Loss of Objectivity with Gonzo
by Taylor Knaus – Saturday, 17 March 2018, 3:32 PM

Based on my research of this type of writing style, I agree with what you’ve written. I feel like this form of writing allows more of the writer’s personality to be woven into their craft. It becomes wholly about the way they want the story written and less of a story that is influenced by outside forces.

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Re: Benefits of the Loss of Objectivity with Gonzo
by Alexander Dalusong – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 7:54 PM

“What are the systemic problems with conventional journalism that Gonzo journalism is a response to?”

I believe one of the Gonzo Journalism is a response to the ultimate flaw of conventional journalism: it’s claims of being the truth. The truth has to be perfect, because it is the truth. It has to have no flaws, it must tell the story as it is 100%. And for the truth in its entirety to be grasped, its consumer must also possess the same perfection that the truth possesses, or else the value of the truth will be diminished, akin to a layman’s tongue that is unable to appreciate the complexities of high-class cuisine.
However, human beings are imperfect creatures. And if an imperfect creature tries to tell a story of pure truth to a bunch of imperfect listeners, the result will be a diluted solution of half-truth and half-fiction. In short, we are incapable of handling the vastness of the truth in its entirety and when we try, what we produce is a poorly-constructed house-of-cards replica of the truth.
Gonzo Journalism, however, sees objectivity as a vain pursuit and instead embraces humanity’s imperfection and creates stories told through the imperfect human eye. I never wanted this to be a philosophical post but I believe that there is value in Gonzo Journalism, or in the truth that is seen by the human eye, rather than the vain objectivity that conventional journalism tries to achieve but could never.

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Re: Benefits of the Loss of Objectivity with Gonzo
by Morgan Duret – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 9:10 PM

When I think of gonzo journalism being a story that is written by a reporter who is writting about something that they are experiencing, I think of a of a non-fiction novel. I googled gonzo journalism and read a story, and that is how it seemed!
From reading this form if writing, I think you can gain a different perspective. Almost like a feeling of being involved in the event that the reporter is experiencing.

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Re: Benefits of the Loss of Objectivity with Gonzo
by Daniel Carr – Sunday, 11 March 2018, 11:02 PM

There is much to be gained from such a personal style of writing such as gonzo journalism.  Adding one’s own personal perspective to a piece of writing gives it much more of an authentic and genuine feel.  If the reader knows that the writer has personal experiences attached to the story and it is written from a first person perspective, it gives the story a feel of much more credibility and authenticity.  On the other hand, daily sports reporters, for example, will interview athletes and twist their words to fit their personal agendas.  They do this because they want the “juicy” headline or story, so an athlete might have said “we are struggling right now, the team needs to pick it up,” the reporter then prints the headline: “Star athlete blames teammates for losing streak.”  This is not at all what the athlete said but it makes for an interesting headline and many people will tune in.  This inauthenticity of facts is the systemic problem that gonzo journalism addresses.

Re: Benefits of the Loss of Objectivity with Gonzo
by MD Tanvir Ahmed – Sunday, 18 March 2018, 11:06 PM

Gonzo journalism is a style of journalism that is written without claims of objectivity, it focuses on the truth and the deeper meaning rather than what the conventional journalism does which is siding with one party which is generally believed to be. Conventional journalism is more like spreading a rumour like Hunter S. Thompson did, and people started believing it. Ironically, the Gonzo journalist prefers to remain anonymous since that makes it easier for his journalism when people really prefer to be famous which shows the contrast of his views and others. Overall, really enjoyed reading everyone’s views and thoughts!

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