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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

And Then Came The Times Of India

In a review of The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight, an overview of the New Journalism movement by Marc Weingarten, Robert Boynton writes:

So what really "killed" New Journalism? I would say it was the twin evils of all magazine journalism: service and sensationalism. As Weingarten notes, by the early 1970s, magazines like New York were beginning the long slide down toward "Top 10" service features and puffy lifestyle stories. The 1977 appearance of "Star Wars" on the cover of Rolling Stone suggested that, from then on, most magazines would function as little more than "press organs for movie stars." The journalistic form with which writers like Wolfe chronicled postwar consumerism eventually succumbed to it.


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