When this news broke, it saddened me. I knew that he had to be punished for his horrible act of violence. Yet in my heart I knew that the death penalty was just not right.
I scrolled through my Twitter account and I saw tweets of people being happy with the decision. People I know and people I follow, there was a sense of joy in the decision. Some were instantly demanding more, that they wanted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to have the most brutal form of execution.
Reading all of that broke my heart.
I remember when the news of Osama bin Laden’s death made its way around the Internet. It was the same reaction. A celebration of his death. I didn’t feel right about celebrating. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around the “eye for an eye” mentality so many people seem to desire.
I tweeted my instant 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.
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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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.