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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Definitions for gonzo

  1. (of journalism, reportage, etc.) filled with bizarre or subjective ideas, commentary, or the like.
  2. crazy; eccentric.
  3. eccentricity, weirdness, or craziness.

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Citations for gonzo
But what was the story? Nobody had bothered to say. So we would have to drum it up on our own. Free Enterprise. The American Dream. Horatio Alger gone mad on drugs in Las Vegas. Do it now: pure Gonzo journalism. Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1972
Vice, which is known as much for its marketing arm as for its neo-gonzo journalism, has reportedly spiked news stories for fear of offending its brand sponsors. Jacob Silverman, "The Rest Is Advertising," The Baffler, No. 30, 2016
Origin of gonzo
Gonzo was popularized by Hunter S. Thompson in the early 1970s with the phrase gonzo journalism; the term came to be used to describe Thompson's literary stye. It may have origins in the Italian term of the same spelling meaning "foolish" or the Spanish word ganso meaning "a lazy or dull person," literally, "goose."