Rolling Stone Puts Dzokhar Tsarnaev on the Cover

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Rolling Stone Puts Dzokhar Tsarnaev on the Cover

Rolling Stone's Dzhokhar cover: Magazine puts Boston bombing suspect on its August cover.

(picture at link)

Reading between the lines of the article, and looking at some of the comments, I think that the implication is that this picture makes Dzokhar Tsarnaev look glamorous or cool (or at the very least, not monstrous) and that is likely to stir up controvery. Thoughts?

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Makes me sick

Is James Holmes on the cover next month?

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Of course it's designed to stir up controversy, that's what sells more magazines. And this cover is going to sell more than yet another cover of Mick Jagger looking haggard with just a couple of lines saying there's a story about Tzarnaev inside. I don't like it, but I understand the logic behind it.

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I think it is distasteful.

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I think the headline is powerful.

I also think (although I don't know for sure) that Rolling Stone's audience is not kids anymore, it's parents, people in my age group (with some room on either side), and that's why that's the angle they're taking.

Obviously they are doing it to sell copies and to get buzz (positive or negative), but the story there is "how does this happen?" and it's a completely valid story, and I always liked their in-depth articles back when I used to read RS regularly, which I haven't in years.

I don't think it makes him look glamorous, although I do think that the minute you put someone on a magazine cover, you are giving them MORE fame, MORE attention, etc. and that I do have issues with.

So I have mixed feelings on it. I think I'd like to read the article, though.

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I think it's powerful, and here's why:

Yes, I do think that picture makes him look a little glam. Or anyway, not out of place on a Rolling Stone magazine cover. With his interesting t shirt and his tousled curls, he could be a new hit musician. But he's not, he's this kid that did this horrific thing. I think it's a powerful image to go with a story about "how does this happen?" because he's not at all what you expect when you think of a killer or a terrorist. It kind of makes you rethink your assumptions about what the bad guys are supposed to look like, if that makes any sense.

It reminds me of how it took T forever to wrap his head around the fact that Prince Humperdink is the bad guy in the Princess Bride, because to his 5 year old eyes, Prince Humperdink looks like a handsome prince, not a bad guy.

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The headline upsets me more... Family failed him.. fell into radical .. LOL like none of it is his choice or his fault.. typical.

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"Rivergallery" wrote:

The headline upsets me more... Family failed him.. fell into radical .. LOL like none of it is his choice or his fault.. typical.

I didn't get that from the headline.

I really do want to read it now. I saw a copy lying around at work, I'm going to grab it tomorrow if I get a chance.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

I didn't get that from the headline.

I really do want to read it now. I saw a copy lying around at work, I'm going to grab it tomorrow if I get a chance.

"The Bomber... How a Popular Promising Student was Failed by his Family, Fell into Radical Islam and became a Monster".
Blame blame blame..

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"Rivergallery" wrote:

"The Bomber... How a Popular Promising Student was Failed by his Family, Fell into Radical Islam and became a Monster".
Blame blame blame..

No....not blame. Reasons. Sequences of events. The question is, how did this happen? I'm sure there is blame in failed by his family but not in falling into Islam or becoming a Monster.

Someone's family can fail them and it doesn't mean they are not responsible at all for their own choices after that. But it absolutely contributes.

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I can't say I'm pleased. I think this is giving him what he wanted.

I know why the did it and I think it's crappy.

CVS and Tedeschi's are not carrying them.

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I don't have any issue at all with the article content, or the headline on the front...i guess the big picture does kind of bother me. I would fear that it could give people more of a reason to act out in similar manners. I think socially speaking, as little attention as possible should be given to people like him, which could be an argument to not do the article at all. But i think there is valuable knowledge to be gained by the general public on how these things happen. I don't see what is gained by the fancy picture on the front. (Well i see what Rolling Stone gains from a business perspective, but for something like this, i think there needs to be more reason than that)

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

No....not blame. Reasons. Sequences of events. The question is, how did this happen? I'm sure there is blame in failed by his family but not in falling into Islam or becoming a Monster.

Someone's family can fail them and it doesn't mean they are not responsible at all for their own choices after that. But it absolutely contributes.

Falling indicates a hole was there that he fell into. Not that he climbed down into.
Becoming a Monster... alludes to me anyway to monsters like Frankenstien's who was created.

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I'm horrified that Rolling Stone would choose him for their cover. To me that seems like such a slap in the face to those who were injured/killed. I'm also in the camp that believes individuals who commit unthinkable crimes should not be glamorized or turned into celebrities.

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"Jessica80" wrote:

I can't say I'm pleased. I think this is giving him what he wanted.

I know why the did it and I think it's crappy.

CVS and Tedeschi's are not carrying them.

This list is growing. Walmart and a bunch of other stores have also said they will not sell them.

Stores not selling Rolling Stone magazine | WCVB Home - Money

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"KimPossible" wrote:

I don't have any issue at all with the article content, or the headline on the front...i guess the big picture does kind of bother me. I would fear that it could give people more of a reason to act out in similar manners. I think socially speaking, as little attention as possible should be given to people like him, which could be an argument to not do the article at all. But i think there is valuable knowledge to be gained by the general public on how these things happen. I don't see what is gained by the fancy picture on the front. (Well i see what Rolling Stone gains from a business perspective, but for something like this, i think there needs to be more reason than that)

I agree with this. I'm not in an outrage about it but I would be concerned that others (with screwed up thinking) would want to do something similar to achieve this type of notoriety.

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"GloriaInTX" wrote:

This list is growing. Walmart and a bunch of other stores have also said they will not sell them.

Stores not selling Rolling Stone magazine | WCVB Home - Money

WOW, Walmart is doing something RIGHT for once, instead of what will make them the most money? I almost fell out of my chair.

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"SID081108" wrote:

WOW, Walmart is doing something RIGHT for once, instead of what will make them the most money? I almost fell out of my chair.

I don't believe censorship is ever the right thing but it doesn't surprise me that Walmart is jumping on the bandwagon, they've done it before, they'll do it again when something else comes up they don't like.

Boston Magazine posted photos of Tsarnaev's arrest -- all dirty & bloody, with a sniper's laser beam on his forehead -- that were given to them by a cop who was there. That cop might be fired for doing that, but I applaud him for showing us the other side of the story.

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"Spacers" wrote:

Boston Magazine posted photos of Tsarnaev's arrest -- all dirty & bloody, with a sniper's laser beam on his forehead -- that were given to them by a cop who was there. That cop might be fired for doing that, but I applaud him for showing us the other side of the story.

My memory is failing me at the moment. Was Tsarnaev already tried and found guilty? Did he confess? I am not saying that he is innocent, but neither do I think the other set of pictures were appropriate either.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

My memory is failing me at the moment. Was Tsarnaev already tried and found guilty? Did he confess? I am not saying that he is innocent, but neither do I think the other set of pictures were appropriate either.

He has plead not guilty to the charges. I think the cop did a brave thing. He knew he would most likely be let go, but released a different image of the suspect than what the public is used to. Maybe the teenagers on the internet who think he's "hot" will have second thoughts.

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Im super free market on this one. I dislike Rolling stone but I dislike most magazines. I'm very whatever on this.