Thursday, April 06, 2006

Wolfe under a new moon

In 1973, Tom Wolfe identified the four main devices 'New Journalists' borrowed from literary fiction:

  • Telling the story using scenes rather than historical narrative as much as possible
  • Dialogue in full (Conversational speech rather than quotations and statements)
  • Third-person point of view (from inside the head of a character)
  • Recording everyday details (which indicates the status of character's lives)

New Journalism is not fiction. It maintains strict adherence to factual accuracy and the content creator being the primary source. To get inside the moment, what one is thinking or how one feels is imperative.

30 years later, it is starting to become a reality.

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