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The Problem With ‘Rolling Stone’s’ Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Cover Isn’t the Image — It’s the Reaction


Agreed. The reaction is what’s getting to me. The people who’ve reacted negatively towards it have not read the article itself. The cover works well in telling the story.

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

Perhaps you saw, yesterday, the newest cover of Rolling Stone featuring the image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Perhaps you had an opinion about it. And perhaps you expressed that opinion on social media hours before the long, reported cover story about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by noted journalist Janet Reitman was even posted online with an attached non-apology of sorts from the Rolling Stone editors. “The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day,” read the message. “The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens.”

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Just finished reading Rolling Stone’s article on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and I agree with the magazine’s approach with the cover

The “controversial” cover of Rolling Stone this week.

There was a major uproar online via Twitter and Facebook feeds and comment sections when the cover of the newest issue of Rolling Stone was unveiled.

As you can see by the cover, it is the image of Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev, the surviving terrorist from the Boston Marathon attacks. The article that accompanies the cover talks about his upbringing and his months leading up to the attack. Its goal was to give us a better understanding of the man behind the tragedy.

But of course with this day and age of people judging books by covers, the outcry from the people claimed that the magazine was glorifying the terrorist with the cover. Somehow the image of him looking like a rock star was an insult to the families affected by the tragedy.

Had they read the article first, they might have had a different tone.

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Who needs church if we got Jesus, right?

Follow this guy?

This is the feature article in Newsweek for this week. The cover is thought provoking and it grabs your attention. The actual article itself is really something.


I read it last night and for the most part, the idea of the piece is right. So much of our vision of “church” is so man-made, so many rules that we don’t break down the simplicity of the faith of following Jesus.

I have been through so many churches that are dead because it was so focused on rules and regulations that there was no Jesus. It was a death trap. This article spoke to me.

I’d like to hear your opinion on this. If you are a believer or now, how is your view of the church and Jesus in regards to this article?


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Behind the scenes with Brad Pitt in Sports Illustrated cover shoot

More stuff from Sports Illustrated from the Brad Pitt photoshoot. Moneyball is getting some good love, which it deserves. I can’t wait for my copy of SI to come in the mail!

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Brad Pitt on cover of this week’s ‘Sports Illustrated’ and it looks cool!!!

I already subscribe to this magazine, so yay!

Here’s the copy and paste from the email SI sent me:


SI’s Review of Moneyball: “Like All Enduring Sports Movies, This One Transcends Its Genre”

(NEW YORK – Sept. 19, 2011) – Brad Pitt, the star of the upcoming movie Moneyball, doffs an Oakland A’s hat and graces the cover of this week’s Sept. 26, 2011, issue of Sports Illustrated, on newsstands Wednesday. Pitt joins an exclusive group of non-athletes and non-coaches to be so honored—a list that includes Mark Wahlberg and Christian BaleStephen ColbertBob HopeEd SullivanSteve McQueen and Arnold Schwarzenegger in addition to former presidents John F. KennedyGerald Ford, Ronald Reagan (appearances on the 11/26/84 and 2/16/87 covers) and Bill ClintonTo download a hi-res JPEG of this week’s cover, click here.

Commenting on his photo shoot with SI photographer Simon Bruty, Pitt says: “I was just happy to do Sports Illustrated. To do something other than the fashion-y things, for something I respect, is much more fun.” 

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How the Oakland Athletics selected me as their Social Media Fan of the Month

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A few days into the 2011 season I was contacted by the A’s to be a part of their campaign to promote social media. Every month, they will feature a “fan of the month” in their team magazine.

They had been watching me on Twitter and wanted to do a piece on me. I did a phone interview and I was told that I would make it in the next issue. Finally, I got a chance to see my face in the magazine and for the rest of the world to see. That’s pretty cool.

Now this makes it two team magazines that I have been interviewed for. I’ve done the 49ers and now the A’s. Sharks and Warriors… you both are next!!!

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Why is it that I end up buying more reading material in December?

Two new things to keep me occupied this winter.

I picked up two pieces of reading material for my reading pleasures on Monday. It seems to me that I’ve been picking up new reading stuff this entire month. First I grabbed this. Then I picked up this.

On Monday, I picked up a copy of “A Love Letter to Baseball” by Batting Stance Guy and a copy of Rolling Stone magazine.

The baseball book details this YouTube sensation’s imitation of MLB players’ batting stances. It’s a great book to read and it’s just like reading a baseball fan’s diary.

The copy of Rolling Stone is from this past week in which John Lennon’s final interview (of 9 hours) is finally released. He would die three years after the interview. As a Beatles fan, I had to. And it’s just beautiful. No real reason to explain why I got it. Reading some it so far and it’s beautiful. Yoko’s piece about their last weekend together almost got me teared up.

I love reading!

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