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The Scum Also Rises Analysis

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In my view, the most significant time period in the development of literary journalism is the 1960’s through early 1980’s; also known as the period of New Journalism. The innovative journalistic style is a combination of fact and fiction writing. The literary journalists of this time period wrote about real-life situations using vivid descriptions and literary devices such as, characterization, scene setting, and dialogue. They wrote longer and more complex pieces similar to novels, consisting of more than one larger truth. The journalists pursued sources in the same manner as a conventional journalist; however, they would spend months, or even years gathering the facts. The narrative form plus the truth made the writing strong, allowing the…show more content…
In his work “The Scum Also Rises,” Thompson used vivid descriptions to describe his actions on the days before Nixon’s resignation, following the Watergate Scandal. He created a persona, letting himself shine through his writing. Thompson’s use of “I” broke down journalistic norms; however, the information he used was still accurate. A sentence from the excerpt reads, “Sometime around dawn on the Friday morning of Richard Milhous Nixon’s last breakfast in the White House I put on my swimming trunks and a red rain parka, laced my head with some gray Argentine snuff… (Art of Fact, pg. 312).” The excerpt was outstanding in that his point of view was present the entire time. He placed focus on his daily activities and let the facts surrounding the status of Nixon’s resignation pop up casually. To me, it seems as if he wrote this way because it shows his feelings about this…show more content…
In “Los Angeles Notebook,” Didion gives the readers a slice of Los Angeles. She talks to the readers by showing them. A sentence from her excerpt in “The Art of Fact” reads, “Los Angeles weather is the weather of catastrophe, of apocalypse and, just as reliably long and bitter winters of New England determine the way life is lived there, so the violence and the unpredictability of Santa Ana affect the entire quality of life in Los Angeles, Accenture its impermanence, its unreliability. The wind shows us how close to the edge we are (Art of Fact, pg. 482).” In this part of her excerpt she showed the reader how the wind reflects the nature of Los Angeles life. Throughout the rest of the excerpt she inserts dialogue to allow the readers to get a sense of the culture. Unlike Thompson, Didion remains a fly on the wall. She listens and analyzes the people around
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