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6th Oct '16 2:08:30 PM CaptainAmazing
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Gonzo journalism developed during the 1960s, spearheaded by outlaw journalist HunterSThompson. Thompson wrote very stylized news stories told from the first person perspective (most news stories are written in third person) that were often sarcastic, vulgar and extremely negative of his opposition, including his personal [[ArchEnemy arch-nemesis]], U.S. President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. The UrExample, TropeCodifier, and {{Genre Launch}}er is Thompson's "[[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing The Kentucky Derby]] is Decadent and Depraved", published in the shortlived literary magazine ''Scanlan's Monthly'' in June 1970, documenting his trip to Louisville--his hometown--and the bizarre festival that is the Derby.

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Gonzo journalism developed during the 1960s, spearheaded by outlaw journalist HunterSThompson. Thompson wrote very stylized news stories told from the first person perspective (most news stories are written in third person) that were often sarcastic, vulgar and extremely negative of his opposition, including his personal [[ArchEnemy arch-nemesis]], U.S. President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. The UrExample, TropeCodifier, and {{Genre Launch}}er is Thompson's "[[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing The Kentucky Derby]] is Decadent and Depraved", published in the shortlived short-lived literary magazine ''Scanlan's Monthly'' in June 1970, documenting his trip to Louisville--his hometown--and the bizarre festival that is the Derby.
The style was created entirely because Thompson was a RidiculousProcrastinator who was [[ChristmasRushed up against his deadline]] and, lacking anything to show for his work other than his basic notes on the event, simply started ripping pages out of his notebook and sending them in. The magazine published his first-person notes from the Derby as-is, and thus [[AccidentalArt Gonzo Journalism was born]].
21st Jan '16 6:33:56 PM nombretomado
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Gonzo journalism developed during the 1960s, spearheaded by outlaw journalist HunterSThompson. Thompson wrote very stylized news stories told from the first person perspective (most news stories are written in third person) that were often sarcastic, vulgar and extremely negative of his opposition, including his personal [[ArchEnemy arch-nemesis]], U.S. President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. The UrExample, TropeCodifier, and {{Genre Launch}}er is Thompson's "[[HorseRacing The Kentucky Derby]] is Decadent and Depraved", published in the shortlived literary magazine ''Scanlan's Monthly'' in June 1970, documenting his trip to Louisville--his hometown--and the bizarre festival that is the Derby.

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Gonzo journalism developed during the 1960s, spearheaded by outlaw journalist HunterSThompson. Thompson wrote very stylized news stories told from the first person perspective (most news stories are written in third person) that were often sarcastic, vulgar and extremely negative of his opposition, including his personal [[ArchEnemy arch-nemesis]], U.S. President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. The UrExample, TropeCodifier, and {{Genre Launch}}er is Thompson's "[[HorseRacing "[[UsefulNotes/HorseRacing The Kentucky Derby]] is Decadent and Depraved", published in the shortlived literary magazine ''Scanlan's Monthly'' in June 1970, documenting his trip to Louisville--his hometown--and the bizarre festival that is the Derby.
21st Nov '15 8:24:36 AM nombretomado
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* Duke in the early years of ''{{Doonesbury}}'', so much that he's named after Hunter S. Thompson's alter ego Raoul Duke. Later in the strip's run he becomes a free-range influence peddler.
* In the early years of ''BloomCounty'', the character Limekiller was added to the cast. Gary Trudeau complained the character was too similar to Duke in ''Doonesbury'', which Berkeley Breathed admitted in his "Complete Bloom County" collection. Written out of the strip not long after Opus the Penguin became the comic's BreakoutCharacter.

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* Duke in the early years of ''{{Doonesbury}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'', so much that he's named after Hunter S. Thompson's alter ego Raoul Duke. Later in the strip's run he becomes a free-range influence peddler.
* In the early years of ''BloomCounty'', ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', the character Limekiller was added to the cast. Gary Trudeau complained the character was too similar to Duke in ''Doonesbury'', which Berkeley Breathed admitted in his "Complete Bloom County" collection. Written out of the strip not long after Opus the Penguin became the comic's BreakoutCharacter.
9th Nov '15 6:17:21 PM nombretomado
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Gonzo journalism developed during the 1960s, spearheaded by outlaw journalist HunterSThompson. Thompson wrote very stylized news stories told from the first person perspective (most news stories are written in third person) that were often sarcastic, vulgar and extremely negative of his opposition, including his personal [[ArchEnemy arch-nemesis]], U.S. President RichardNixon. The UrExample, TropeCodifier, and {{Genre Launch}}er is Thompson's "[[HorseRacing The Kentucky Derby]] is Decadent and Depraved", published in the shortlived literary magazine ''Scanlan's Monthly'' in June 1970, documenting his trip to Louisville--his hometown--and the bizarre festival that is the Derby.

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Gonzo journalism developed during the 1960s, spearheaded by outlaw journalist HunterSThompson. Thompson wrote very stylized news stories told from the first person perspective (most news stories are written in third person) that were often sarcastic, vulgar and extremely negative of his opposition, including his personal [[ArchEnemy arch-nemesis]], U.S. President RichardNixon.UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. The UrExample, TropeCodifier, and {{Genre Launch}}er is Thompson's "[[HorseRacing The Kentucky Derby]] is Decadent and Depraved", published in the shortlived literary magazine ''Scanlan's Monthly'' in June 1970, documenting his trip to Louisville--his hometown--and the bizarre festival that is the Derby.
23rd Mar '15 9:47:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'': Pretty much the TropeCodifier. A stream-of-conscious novel written by HunterSThompson in the early 1970s chronicling his experiences covering news stories in Las Vegas. Although ostensibly about his coverage of a motorcycle race and a police convention, Thompson used the setting to criticize what he saw as vile in American culture as well as lament the death of the ideals he and the hippies aspired to, but failed to see realized, in the previous decade.

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* ''FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'': ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'': Pretty much the TropeCodifier. A stream-of-conscious novel written by HunterSThompson in the early 1970s chronicling his experiences covering news stories in Las Vegas. Although ostensibly about his coverage of a motorcycle race and a police convention, Thompson used the setting to criticize what he saw as vile in American culture as well as lament the death of the ideals he and the hippies aspired to, but failed to see realized, in the previous decade.
13th Mar '15 11:28:25 AM Patachou
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* ''Holidays In Hell'': A collection of essays and news articles by P.J. O'Rourke criticizing international corruption and populist guerrilla movements, which he saw as misguided and ultimately futile. O'Rourke came by his Gonzo cred honestly: he was (and is) the best-known of Thompson's successors at the ''Rolling Stone'' National Affairs Desk. (And frankly, anyone who can come up with an article title like "How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink" has at least a touch of HST in him.)

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* ''Holidays In Hell'': A collection of essays and news articles by P.J. O'Rourke criticizing international corruption and populist guerrilla movements, which he saw as misguided and ultimately futile. O'Rourke came by his Gonzo cred honestly: he was (and is) the best-known of Thompson's successors at the ''Rolling Stone'' ''Magazine/RollingStone'' National Affairs Desk. (And frankly, anyone who can come up with an article title like "How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink" has at least a touch of HST in him.)



* Matt Taibbi has taken up Thompson's mantle of manic and iconoclastic political reporting for ''Rolling Stone'' magazine, noted for such gonzo polemics as calling Goldman Sachs "[[MorallyBankruptBanker a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money]]".

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* Matt Taibbi has taken up Thompson's mantle of manic and iconoclastic political reporting for ''Rolling Stone'' ''Magazine/RollingStone'' magazine, noted for such gonzo polemics as calling Goldman Sachs "[[MorallyBankruptBanker a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money]]".
4th Dec '14 7:19:42 PM JakesBrain
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* ''Holidays In Hell'': A collection of essays and news articles by P.J. O'Rourke criticizing international corruption and populist guerrilla movements, which he saw as misguided and ultimately futile. O'Rourke came by his Gonzo cred honestly: he was (and is) the best-known of Thompson's successors at the ''Rolling Stone'' National Affairs Desk.

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* ''Holidays In Hell'': A collection of essays and news articles by P.J. O'Rourke criticizing international corruption and populist guerrilla movements, which he saw as misguided and ultimately futile. O'Rourke came by his Gonzo cred honestly: he was (and is) the best-known of Thompson's successors at the ''Rolling Stone'' National Affairs Desk. (And frankly, anyone who can come up with an article title like "How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink" has at least a touch of HST in him.)
25th Oct '14 1:08:54 PM Erechel
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* In Argentina, the well known writer and periodist, and Peronist militant Creator/RodolfoWalsh
10th Mar '14 11:56:16 AM TVRulezAgain
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* Michael Liberty, the IntrepidReporter protagonist of the ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' novel ''Liberty's Crusade'', dips into this as his ''ad hoc'' relationship with the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Sons of Korhal]] grows tighter and his anti-[[TheEmpire Confederacy]] beliefs become more and more apparent. The crowning achievement is a long-form holo-transmission (harder to fake than a normal 2D video) called "the Liberty Manifesto" that lays out the entire true story of the fall of the Confederacy [[FullCircleRevolution and the rise of the Dominion]], as told by Liberty, who was there for the whole thing. He takes a particular interest in both savaging Arcturus Mengsk, leader of the Sons and Emperor of the Dominion, for being a CompleteMonster and also blaming himself and everyone else for going along with the "madman" for so long.

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* Michael Liberty, the IntrepidReporter protagonist of the ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' novel ''Liberty's Crusade'', dips into this as his ''ad hoc'' relationship with the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Sons of Korhal]] grows tighter and his anti-[[TheEmpire Confederacy]] beliefs become more and more apparent. The crowning achievement is a long-form holo-transmission (harder to fake than a normal 2D video) called "the Liberty Manifesto" that lays out the entire true story of the fall of the Confederacy [[FullCircleRevolution and the rise of the Dominion]], as told by Liberty, who was there for the whole thing. He takes a particular interest in both savaging Arcturus Mengsk, leader of the Sons and Emperor of the Dominion, for being a CompleteMonster pure evil and also blaming himself and everyone else for going along with the "madman" for so long.
4th Mar '14 7:17:39 AM 32_Footsteps
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* ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'': Main character Spider Jerusalem is a very obvious Hunter S. Thompson expy, based in some ill-defined future setting. Jerusalem violently accosts his enemies, uses his position to topple government officials and rally the masses out of their mindless funk. He clearly believes journalism is a weapon against evil and corrupt power.

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* ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'': Main character Spider Jerusalem is a very obvious Hunter S. Thompson expy, based in some ill-defined future setting. Jerusalem violently accosts his enemies, uses his position to topple government officials and rally the masses out of their mindless funk. He clearly believes journalism is a weapon against evil and corrupt power.
power. One point early on, he even has one of Thompson's books on his coffee table.
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