Friday, July 11, 2008

Gonzo - What's in a Name


Gonzo journalism (n.): a style of journalism which is written subjectively, often including the reporter as part of the story via a first person narrative. The style tends to blend factual and fictional elements to emphasize an underlying message and engage the reader.

With Alex Gibney’s “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson” hitting a theater near you, it only seemed ripe for the first installment of our “What’s in a Name” series.

As many of you already know, Gonzo journalism tends to favor style over accuracy and often uses personal experiences and emotions to provide context for the topic or event being covered. It disregards the 'polished' edited product favored by newspaper media and strives for the gritty factor…Remind you of anyone we know!!??

No, not BIG EAST All-Star and friend of the blog, Referee Tim “Piggins” Higgins. And, no, not that daring little Muppet performer with the blue fur, bug eyes, and long crooked nose.

Yes people. Yes. Gonzo journalism seems to stem directly from none other than our very own Bobby Gonzalez.

How often have we seen Bobby G. blend the factual with the fictional to emphasize an underlying message and engage the reader? Mixing the faux with the pas, Bobby G. was surely looking to boost the Hall’s recruiting status when he said: “We are absolutely in the next year or two years going to get a kid that we’re not supposed to get…And what’s going to happen is, people are going to get very upset and they’re going to accuse of cheating.” Now, don’t get me wrong, I sure as Gonzo hope that we get a kid who “we’re not supposed to get” but I definitely don’t want the Hall to be accused of cheating. Oh well, I suppose that’s Gonzo journalism at its best.

Angry over some questionable calls down the stretch in Seton Hall’s final home game against Rutgers, Coach G. definitely disregarded any “polished edited product” when he blasted a certain official and nearly took Rutgers’ Fred Hill’s head off. But no worries folks, that’s just another classic example of Gonzo journalism.

So, for those who didn’t think so before, Coach Bobby Gonzalez and legendary psychedelic promoter Hunter S. Thomspon sure do have a lot in common after all.

That’s all we have this time for “What’s in a Name,” but stay tuned for Part II of our series when we take a closer look at famous Seton Hall alum Dick Vitale.

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