Rolling Stone's article on Boston Bomber.

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Rolling Stone's article on Boston Bomber.

Postby BlackBird » Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:07 am

This article has caused no small degree of controversy, not because of it's content it would seem, but because people are judging a book by it's cover, and they're upset that Rolling stone have placed Tsarnaev's face on their cover portraying him as a 'rock star' - Despite the text on the cover labelling him a 'monster'.

"[Boston] Mayor Thomas Menino called it “a total disgrace.” CVS, Walgreens, and other local retailers have promised not to sell the issue."

Actually, when one reads the article - His portrayal in white on the cover of Rolling stone is an interesting juxtoposition given that his friends and teachers couldn't believe someone who was so friendly and 'normal' could go and do something as horrific as he did.

The article is really well written and talks about Dzhokhar 'Jahar' Tsarnaev's upbringing, his social life and the reactions from those who knew him in the wake of the bombing. It's really insightful.

So here is the article:
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/new ... d-20130717

and here is an interesting discussion on the piece and the reaction's it's caused from the New Yorker:
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/n ... versy.html

Looking forward to everyone's insights.
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