Writing (Ranting) about Writing (Still Ranting), or Why I Prefer Gonzo to Cosmo
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Gonzo does offer a narrative, occasionally stream-of-consciousness, account of events. Hunter S Thompson’s writing gives a strange authenticity: while the account is colourful, there’s an implicit acknowledgement that he is not a wholly reliable narrator- he admits to being intoxicated throughout most of the Kentucky Derby, that he got more information on the race by watching the news stories that other journalists made and even that the caricature face of the drunk he wanted to find- confessing a story-telling technique he wants to use in his account, during his account- ends up being his own face. He does not necessarily lie, but contrary to saying about satire shows a mirror to everyone’s face but his own, his satire is also aimed at himself.
While other writers have adopted the narrative approach, including their opinions shown in dramatic language, they have failed to show themselves: they will write their opinions as if they are the truth, with no room for the reader to question...Collapse )How Aussies are mean to gingersCollapse )

Despite the 'body-positive' message, there is a focus on weight loss despite the assumption the readers are AU sizes 8, 10 and 12 and it must only be due to diet and activity. If you have PCOS, your doctor will fix it. Always.

Such magazines hold a contradictory message: these magazines are for ‘all women’ of a certain age, yet the individual components are geared towards only certain women (able to spend money on many leisure activities and fashion, has a lot of female friends, is attracted to men only, works in an office with good prospects, lives in the city, enjoys sex, was born a girl)  and other women are excluded (women with low incomes or unemployed, women in non-office jobs, women who live rurally, women attracted to women, women who are asexual, transwomen, women who don’t have female friends, women who do not follow fashion trends). While these factors are too numerous to all be taken in consideration when pitching, ‘all women’ is not accurate.
Like Sideshow Bob telling everyone to destroy television from a big screen at the baseball, I'm aware of the irony in complaining about this woman's article on complaining. You are allowed to laugh at me. You are allowed to disagree with me. I've acknowledged this here and in the title so you can laugh and disagree.  But I will say that it's my opinion and applies to me. It may resonate with readers, it may not, but I will not say that everything I write is the truth for everyone. It is simply the truth for me.


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