Believe him, this is ‘Experiential Journalism’

4 July 2008

“Experiential journalism” is a word that trips off the tongues of many Indian newspaper managers. Don’t just tell the story, bring alive the event “experientially” by becoming “a protagonist rather than a mere reporter”, they write in their jargon-filled memos to editors.

By this, the manager really means snap a few pictures of some havaldar taking a five-buck note rather than just write about how corrupt traffic constables are. Or get the sleazy conversations of some failed actor trying to taking a starlet to bed instead of just reporting the existence of a casting couch.

How’s “Waterboarding” for experiential journalism?

The aggressive torture technique being used by the United States to break down terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere has been reported ad nauseam by reporters, slammed by rights bodies, condmened by nations, and so on. But how does it really feel to be waterboarded?

Christopher Hitchens decided to find out first-hand. And reports his findings in the August issue of Vanity Fair.

Read the full story: Believe me, it’s torture

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One Response to “Believe him, this is ‘Experiential Journalism’”

  1. Mysore Peshva Says:

    Hitchens’ passion, detail and wit in recounting his experience should give the Americans — not to speak of Al-quada criminals — much insight into what constitutes “torture.” As Carl Jung wrote, only those who are tortured in their own selves might torture others.


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