Thursday, October 6, 2011

Correspondence

A reader writes in response to the primer asking why is the blog named Fear and Loathing in Georgetown?

The Georgetown part is easy. FLG was and is a student at Georgetown. Why the homage to Hunter S. Thompson?

FLG always liked the description that Hunter S. Thompson was the "most accurate and least factual" reporter. The idea that facts can get in the way of the truth, that hyperbole can be the clearest description has always resonated with FLG. So, while FLG has not even one-millionth of Thompson's talent for prose, he does take a great deal of inspiration from him.

UPDATE: FLG believes this passage, which he has posted before, helps illuminate the issue:
Some people will say that words like scum and rotten are wrong for Objective Journalism -- which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place. He looked so good on paper that you could almost vote for him sight unseen. He seemed so all-American, so much like Horatio Alger, that he was able to slip through the cracks of Objective Journalism. You had to get Subjective to see Nixon clearly, and the shock of recognition was often painful.

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