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Dzokhar Tsarnaev on Cover of Rolling Stone

rockwater
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7/19/2013 2:47:16 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Would the same picture of the Boston Marathon bomber have been anywhere near as controversial if it were on the cover of Time Magazine? Rolling Stone is as much. Music magazine now as MTV is a music channel. It was a news story, just like many Rolling Stone cover stories, not a sorry about a rock star. What if the Newtown shooter, Adam Lanza, had seemed to be a normal young man before the shooting and had been more photogenic? Would there be as much outrage from putting his face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine? There would be the same talk about glorifying killers, but boycotts? I think terrorism inspires a kind of jingoistic macho aggression in the victim communities that makes us more likely to be offended by things like this than seemingly incomprehensible violence against children like the Newtown shooting. I also think that the fact that Dzokar seemed so normal and American (he is an American citizen) that we feel angrier at his receiving attention that is not purely condemnatory in nature, whereas with Adam Lanza his behavior and personality seemed so abnormal to us that we can't identify with an image of him and hence would not be as offended by its portrayal on a magazine cover.

This is manufactured controversy, both by Rolling Stone and by the news media.
Lordknukle
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7/19/2013 5:55:29 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
It's important to discover and analyze the root cause of the Tsarnaev's actions, instead of just automatically labeling them as bad people and saying that anybody who says otherwise is "anti-American." The RS magazine has a healthy bit of both of these components. The cover definitely lends itself to the former component, but who's to say that it's less valid than the other?
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