Pest Analysis of India and China

Topics: Tom Wolfe, New Journalism, American culture Pages: 101 (36790 words) Published: November 8, 2012
Relocating the American Dream 
   
 The America of the 1960s as Portrayed by the New Journalists  Norman Mailer, Hunter S. Thompson, and Tom Wolfe   

 

Master's Thesis  Department of English  University of Helsinki  Supervisor: Bo Pettersson  Date: 25.3.2009  Meri Laitinen 

1. INTRODUCTION .............................................................................................................3  1.1 Aims and methods ........................................................................................................................................... 5  1.2 Defining new journalism............................................................................................................................... 11  1.2.1 Norman Mailer ........................................................................................................................................ 16  1.2.2 Hunter S. Thompson................................................................................................................................ 17  1.2.3 Tom Wolfe............................................................................................................................................... 18  1.3 Defining the American Dream...................................................................................................................... 19  1.3.1 Origins of the term................................................................................................................................... 19  1.3.2 The American Dream in popular culture ................................................................................................. 23 

2. LIFE: CRITICISM OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY .......................................................25  2.1 Ideology, politics and religion....................................................................................................................... 25  2.1.1 Issues of authority, hierarchy, and control............................................................................................... 26  2.1.2 Encounters with God ............................................................................................................................... 34  2.2 Capitalism and the American way of life .................................................................................................... 39  2.2.1 Corporate capitalism as the new creed..................................................................................................... 40  2.2.2 The squares and the straights: The American middle class .................................................................... 43  2.2.3 The American lifestyle ............................................................................................................................ 51  2.3 The media....................................................................................................................................................... 59  2.3.1 The mass media as a misrepresenting mirror........................................................................................... 60  2.3.2 Self-reflections of a journalist.................................................................................................................. 63 

3. LIBERTY: CRITICISM OF WAR ...................................................................................67  3.1 The Dream in crisis: The Vietnam War ...................................................................................................... 68  3.2 Patriotic sentiments ....................................................................................................................................... 77 

4. THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: IN SEARCH OF THE DREAM .................................80  4.1 The vision of a better America ..................................................................................................................... 80  4.2...
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