I just hope that one day—preferably when we’re both blind drunk—we can talk about it.
Generation of Swine: The Worst People in the World
I assume you’ve been following these ominous developments on TV — (as I have, thanks to my recently installed TVRO “Earth Station”) — which have effectively shut down all coverage of public violence in South Africa by our colleagues in the video press. The South African government has made it punishable by up to 19 years in prison (that’s PRISON, in SOUTH AFRICA) for using a TV camera or even a sound recorder at any scene of violence.
It is an impossible situation for the kinds of people charged with TV coverage in what amounts, now, to a war zone. They are the storm troopers of journalism, for good or ill. And in the main, they are very tough-minded neo-dimensional people whose only link to the mandates of traditional journalism is to get the story and the story out.
That is going to cause them trouble in South Africa. It is like telling fish to stay out of water, and the Afrikaners are serious. They are universally recognized - even among non-political travelers - to be The Worst People in the World.
- Hunter S. Thompson November 11, 1985