Is Rolling Stone Glorifying Tsarnaev?

Rolling Stone Tsarneav CoverA lot of controversy over the new Rolling Stone cover with Dzohkhar Tsarnaev. First off, I love that the cover got people talking. Smart of the Stone.

We first must remember it was a cover that wasn’t shot by Rolling Stone. It was an existing photo from a friend, family member, or grabbed from the internet. People think Rolling Stone is glorifying him and people are insulted that he is on the cover with his tousled hair and pretty looks. The cover blatantly states “THE BOMBER” and also selling the article and it’s apparent written point of view as “How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster”.

I think it’s a fantastic photo because we know the outcome. We know the horror. This photo shows what he was. Someone who was liked. Someone who had a future. A good looking kid who had a whole world of possibilities. It slaps us in the face with what he was and I haven’t read the story yet, but I’m sure it unfolds into the spiraling mess that was the Boston Bombings and how he got there.

Unfortunately there are so many great kids out there with the world at there feet and some are going to be swayed and influenced and possibly guided down a path no one saw coming. This photo represents so many youths that are out there and his story can be examined to see where he started to stray from his path.

I think this is a dramatic cover. An emotional cover. A scary cover. There’s this young guy at a point in his life maybe unaware of the monster inside. I think it speaks volumes compared to a mugshot or a photo of him being dragged from that backyard in Boston. It’s not glorifying him. It’s making all of us aware.

Just what the world needs…another damn blog.

I’ve had this domain for some time now. I found it’s time to start making use of it. I am not a professional writer, but I do have thoughts and feelings and maybe even some valid points. Maybe. You be the judge. This is merely another creative outlet for me. A place to dump thought and hone my writing skills.

It will be an area for me to discuss the things I like most. Music, art, movies, and food. I’m sure there will be some other personal notes and thoughts as I explore each of these. I also enjoy¬† talking about current events and religion, so expect a few posts on those as well. I will do my best to not come across as an opinionated asshole. This will be a difficult task.

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