In defense of Rolling Stone’s cover. Excerpt:
If you want to be outraged, be outraged. Nobody’s stopping you.
The big crime here, however, is not its offensiveness to victims or our cover boy-as-rock star sensibilities. It’s the lack of inspiration. This photo, taken from one of the Younger Tsarnaev’s social media accounts, has been everywhere. It’s been on the front page of the New York Times. It’s been on every news website in the country. It’s been on Facebook and Tumblr and Twitter, and probably Weibo. You’ve seen it and seen it and seen it.
But now that his smug selfie stares at you from the cover of a rock magazine, regardless of the fact that the story itself seems to be good journalism — real journalism telling a story we WANT to hear, we NEED to hear, the ‘teachable moment’ story of how a normal kid ended up trying to commit mass murder in the name of terrorism — we’re outraged?
Slade makes a good point here. Let’s not let the cover overshadow what appears to be an in-depth story about Tsarnaev. Even if you disagree with the cover itself, there appear to be interesting details uncovered by the reporter.
July 17, 2013 // 10:39 // 4 months ago