A university lecture
characterised by a replacement of the more formal yet boring teaching
methods advocated by teacher training colleges and academic managers
in which the lecturer
replaces dry subject matter with their own uncomfortable, personal truth. Based on Hunter S. Thompson's
particular brand of gonzo journalism
, the Gonzo Lecture is characterised by first person point of view run wild and an oft-indistinguishable fusion of real-world facts
and fictional confabulation
. The gonzo lecturer may often combine their personal narrative style with contrived personal and often avant-garde anecdotes
, expressions of angry
disillusionment, foul language
and other methods such as textbook
levels of thought
are often subtly conveyed through homage to popular cultural symbols and controversial opinions with which the audience identifies. The objective of The Gonzo Lecture is to wake-up the audience to their own oppression by corrupt power systems through engaging them in personal reflection, prompted by their own discomfort. This reflection is designed to stimulate an aspiration on their part to rethink their self
as a channel towards personal change
. The Gonzo Lecture, as part of the wider field of Gonzo Education
is sometimes considered unprofessional
by those not yet intellectual
ly freed from the shackles of oppressive
Lecturer: This textbook on your required reading list is a piece of total fucking dog-shit! (throws the book into the lecture theatre to be fought over by the audience)
Student 1: This lecture is totally fucked up, man.
Student 2: Yeah...it's fuckin gonzo, dude.
Student 1: But that book IS totally shit, man.
Lecturer: So big corporations encourage you to volunteer in order that you can work for them for free in order that you can get good work experience for your CV so when you graduate you can get a good job with them, cos they already know you're a fucking gullible patsy who will serve them well for the future. Does that sound fucked up to you?
Student: (thinks...) Fuck, I volunteer for free all the time and never thought I was being taken advantage of. I love this Gonzo Lecture, it speaks truth.