JRNL101: The Great Gonzo Debate

Gonzo is a style of reporting, which has regularly divided journalists in many areas of the field.

Hunter S. Thomspon, father of Gonzo journalism - Source: Daily Post

Hunter S. Thomspon, father of Gonzo journalism – Source: Daily Post

The genre of reporting, known as Gonzo, spawned from American author and writer Hunter S. Thompson, and was first illustrated in his detailed first person narrative, The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved.

The style contrasts traditional methods of reporting, with Gonzo journalists renouncing their claims of objectivity. This is a practice, regarded by Guardian reporter Bradley L. Garrett, as essential.

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Anti-Vaxxers slammed on Mediated Public Sphere

Q. What do ‘Q&A’ and ‘My Kitchen Rules’ have in common?

A. Both illustrate examples of a mediated public sphere.

The term ‘mediated public sphere’ was established in 1962 by Jürgen Habermas and Hannah Arendt (The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere), and is defined as “a conversational space in which citizens freely gather to debate matters of significance to the public”. Habermas pictured the public sphere as an 18th century coffee house in which citizens debate about common concerns, separate from the state and separate from the official economy.

Beginning our discussion public spheres in BCM110 a couple of weeks ago; it quickly became evident that this concept is not just important in media communications. A mediated public sphere offers a platform through which we can share our thoughts, opinions, enter into debates with others, and can vary in forms from trending #hastags to widely broadcasted television programs. Continue reading