gonzo

This page is about the slang term gonzo.

Meaning: journalistic writing that's deliberately exaggerated and highly stylized

For example:

  • The first and greatest exponent of gonzo journalism was the U.S. writer Hunter S. Thompson, and one of his greatest works is "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas".

  • In gonzo journalism, the writer expresses his own ideas and insights through imaginative writing, rather than simply providing an objective account in a straightforward style.

Origin: first appeared in the late 1960's and possibly borrowed from Italian, in which "gonzo" means "foolish"

Quick Quiz:

Journalism that's in the gonzo tradition is

a. traditional objective journalism

b. stylized subjective journalism

c. typical modern journalism

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Contributor: Matt Errey