The Uncylopedia article on Gonzo Journalism is Gonzo Journalism and it’s fucking glorious

I’ve probably, maybe somewhere written that Hunter S. Thompson is my favourite writer of all time. Which makes me super happy that the Uncylopedia article on Gonzo Journalism is written in the style the good doctor created:

Gonzo Journalism: they said… It was a mystery. What was this style that everyone spoke of? How come it was infecting my brain? What had it got to do with The Muppet Show? I had to know, and I had to know now.

So I bought a ticket on the first flight out of town to Denver, spiritual home of the coyote. I had a bag with twenty-five pellets of catnip, twenty-one Benadryl, half pound of nutmeg, enough morning glory to kill a seagull, five bars of chocolate, a paper bag half full of jelly babies, and whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, middlers, lefters, righters, forwardsers and backwardsers; also a flask of tea, quart of milk, case of beer, pint of raw peanut butter, two dozen sandwiches and a game of travel Monopoly. And a bag of rare and priceless British stamps. Not that I needed them for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious stamp collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

We’ve lost the OK hand sign to the alt-right

Rollin Bishop, The Outline:

Finally, a friend asked, “Why do you have a hat with the hand symbol that Trump always makes when he’s talking?” Indeed, Forbes wrote that “the air pinch with thumb and forefinger” is the president’s “most recognized hand gesture.”

The hat went into the closet.

Symbols have no inherent meaning; they are imbued with it. In 2016, the cartoon Pepe the Frog was infamously adopted by Trump supporters and white supremacists. Pepe’s creator Matt Furie was saddened to see that the cartoon had been co-opted to the point that the Anti-Defamation League labeled it a hate symbol. “It’s the worst-case scenario for any artist to lose control of their work and eventually have it labelled like a swastika or a burning cross,” he told The Guardian.

I’ve long had a post sitting in my drafts folder called “Rip Pepe: The meme who deserved better”1, and it looks like I’ll have to follow it up with the death of the OK hand sign.

  1. I’ll get around to finishing it soon… one day… 

Just discovered that my phone, a Sony Xperia M4 has a number of useful security features: including full encryption of the phone and SD Card, face recognition, trusted voice, detecting when it’s on your body. Super handy for the Cyberpunk vibe I’m into right now.

Watching Inglorious Bastards again, and Landa is still my favourite villain, not only in the Tarantino-verse but also in most fiction. He’s the kind who’s cheery all the time, even when he’s ordering the execution of a family, right up until he isn’t.