“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream” is Hunter S. Thompsons wild search for a fading American dream. His American Dream is a result of the counterculture movement of the 1960s. The 1960s had protest songs, brought civil rights into view, and the United States’ flag was the first on the moon. By the end of the 60s, and early 70s (when Fear and loathing was published) the “American Dream” which was a summation of the ideals of the 60s began to dwindle. Altering, or glitching iconic images, or images that represent an American ideal will achieve the effect of something not fully realized.