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The Forum: Gonzo edition

Submitted by Rachel Hood on October 15, 2010 – 10:52 amOne Comment

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” – Hunter S. Thompson

Typical news reporting often requires a reporter to remain objective. Staunch. Stiff. Completely and utterly uninvolved in what we are reporting. Who, what, when, where, why and… Huh?

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, “the doctor of Gonzo journalism,” pioneered a dissimilar approach in the 1970s. This week, some of The Forum staff wanted to explore this atypical style of news writing.

“Objective journalism is one of the main reasons American politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long,” Thompson said.

While the rules of professional journalism are important to a democratic society, they are not always preferred by those who want a real answer.

Essentially, in Thompson’s view, the facts aren’t what necessarily makes a story newsworthy, but rather how one reacts to those facts. In his words, “Buy the ticket. Take the ride.”

So this week, Forum staffers are taking the ride and letting you know how it really is, for them at least.

This issue may be gritty; some articles may not conform to typical news style and may contain contain “colorful” language. Hell, you had better believe it’s going to be subjective. You’ll recognize the Gonzo articles by a “ ” icon in the first line of the story.

We strive to keep The Forum in line with professional journalism; but honestly, we needed a break. We reporters are humans, too, after all. And contrary to popular belief, we often have more to say than what you see in the news.

So open your mind and enjoy “the ride.” If you’d rather not, then hop off now. We’ll return to the typical Forum news style next week.

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