the new new journalism

Journalism encompasses many forms, including some of the techniques used in the recent book about ground soldiers in Iraq, The Good Soldiers, by David Finkel.images-7

By using the New Journalism techniques Tom Wolfe made famous several decades ago — describing scenes in novelistic detail and closely interviewing subjects so as to capture their thoughts and memories — Mr. Finkel does a vivid job of conveying what these young men think while out on hazardous patrols, how they feel when they kill a suspected insurgent and how they react when they see one of their own comrades go down or be burned alive.

Traditional objective-style journalism would not have provided the picture Finkel provides of life on the ground, a picture not otherwise available in the mainstream media.

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