New Journalism.

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New Journalism emerged during the 1960's and 70's as a cultural practice enabled and constrained by social trends, market forces and debates over professional values.

New Journalism was a new way of approaching the news. It included the facts without including any lies or fabrications, New Journalists were able to add extra flavour to their writing. They described the scene of the room so the readers could see every image as if they actually there. Journalists are given special opportunities to be allowed to go to places that other people are not. They see things that most people will never see. They have an obligation to the public to describe everything to the reader, that is, within limits.

Tom Wolfe, the brainchild of New Journalism sees the difference in technique and lists, academically the devices of the new journalistic approach.

Scene by scene construction; "Resorting as little as possible to sheer, historical narrative".

Lots of Dialogue, A marked point of view within the story, often not that of the narrator, but that of a character, reconstructed from tapes, interviews, letters, diaries, etc.

And the recording of detail that Wolfe calls "Status life", which is, quote, " The entire pattern of behaviour, possessions through which people express their position in the world or what they think is or what they hope it to be."

Tom Wolfe was born on March the 2nd, 1931 in Virginia, United States.

He graduated from Yale University with a PhD in American studies.

Wolfe took his first newspaper job in 1956 with the Washington Post and then moved on to the New York Herald Tribune. Whilst working for the newspapers, he experimented with fictional techniques in feature stories. During the newspaper strike of 1953, Wolfe approached Esquire magazine about an article on the hot rod and...