I know what new journalism was back in the 1970’s but what do you call what we’re reading today? Is it new new journalism?
As an example, why not check out this bit about Justin Hughes et ux, about a local “investor” and his nameless wife, from the San Francisco Chronicle. Go ahead, take a look.
“ADOLPH HITLER and his wife EVA BRAUN, expecting twins in OCTOBER 1945, thought their plans to INVADE CZECHOSLOVAKIA AND POLAND would sail through after none of THE WESTERN POWERS came to meetings about the proposal.
Instead, THE UNITED STATES, THE UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS, AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS opposed the project using AN APPEALS MECHANISM CALLED LAND, SEA AND AIR WARFARE that cost the couple THIRTY-NINE months and FIFTEEN DIVISIONS to defend their plan to RULE THE WORLD, ADOLPH said.
“I wasn’t asking for anything special,” said ‘DOLPH, AN ALMOST SUICIDAL FIFTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD ARTIST who moved back into A STATE-SUBSIDIZED BASEMENT APARTMENT last month. “I was asking FOR EQUAL RIGHTS FOR GERMAN SPEAKERS IN THE SUDETENTLAND.”
It’s easy – try it yourself with this recent story about Soutwest Airlines, a cranky mom and her two-year-old in the San Jose Mercury News. Imagine retelling the incident from the perspective of an experienced flight attendant who weighed the factors and made the call to have the noisy pair settle down before flying.
“In her fifteen years as Chief Flight Attendant, Jane Smith, expecting twins in October, had never ejected a infant from one of her aircraft. But she knew what she had to do after encountering the Wailing Banshee of Row 6….”
Or, as an alternative, maybe we could just kick it old school, the way Mark Cicero did back in the day? You know:
“Who, what, when, where, why, in what way, by what means…”
Just a thot.