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Controversial Cover


When I saw this Rolling Stone cover plastered all over the Internet today I experienced immediate outrage. I'm a music lover and have subscribed to Rolling Stone since my teenage years. But I don't support the decision to put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover, to portray him as some type of sex symbol. Imagine your limb was blown off during the bombing, and you see this image all over the media this morning? The reason for the cover is clear - to draw attention to Rolling Stone, and this objective was accomplished. At what cost? To sensationalize terrorism and terrorists, to imply that someone became a monster because they were "failed by family?" It's another sick symptom of this generation - the failure to take personal responsibility. We're all products of our environments, but to suggest that a family created this monster is irresponsible in my view. Each person chooses their own course in life - good or bad - and that individual alone should bear the cross for those choices. No one else.

I fully support free press but all ethics should not be abandoned in the process. I see it here on LiveJournal too, the trash that is often on "Top LJ." Showing tits and ass, bloggers using the f-word over and over again. Is it sensational - yes! Does it draw attention - absolutely! But it will never be me. I wrote about it here. I will never lose all sense of values for the sake of popularity or financial gain. To each their own.


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Jul. 17th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
absolutely unacceptable to make terrorists (or any criminal) popular and to make money on blood!
Jul. 17th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
And this type of sensationalist press is common in Russia, or no?
(no subject) - wojzeh - Jul. 17th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
I fully agree with you, Shannon!
Jul. 17th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
You absolutely right, Shannon !
Jul. 17th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
Scandal raises sales:(
Jul. 17th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
It's a pity, but this is the way of the world.
Jul. 17th, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
Agree. Dirty trick.
Jul. 17th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
And what is the new avatar, with the suit! I saw it the other day.
Jul. 17th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
You are using the words "press" and "ethics" in the same sentence :-) You are naive, any hint of ethics is far gone for many many years now from any press... Virtually all press is now highly politicized, there is almost no factual, independent press. So you always get biased news - does it matter much if this bias has financial or political reasons, or both?

In this case it's both. Beside obvious financial reasons, the "poor boy - family and society failed him" is a typical leftist motif. It's natural that people who think state should know best how everybody should live their lives diminish personal responsibility for one's actions, as well they diminish a role of radical Islam in terrorism. It's almost funny how they try so hard not even mention words "terrorism" and "Islam" as long as possible. I think in the first Obama's reference he did not even use "terrorism" word at all. I don't get why, probably because most immigrants are their electorate, and because they are so anti-war for any reason, they think that ignoring or placating the monster will bring peace.

That said, right press is not much better. Fox can be as nauseating and biased as MSNBC or CNN in their own way. They days of fairly unbiased press are gone. Zimmerman case covering was a very good illustration to that. Everybody needs to use their own head and come to one's own conclusions based available facts. Being raised in USSR gave me a very good ability to "read between the lines" and assume that state and press will try manipulating and controlling us given half a chance. It's easy to become paranoid, but common sense and logic should prevent one from falling in to paranoid conspiracy theorists etc...

For example "reading between lines" and using logic I can assume that, say CNN or FOX (and other sources that still have some standards left) will not lie directly (unlike many sources that should be completely ruled off as reliable), but they will try to squeeze opinion disguised as factual reporting, and not tell the whole truth, hiding politically incorrect or inconvenient parts of the story. Then they will pour a lot of opinions that support their political affiliation (oh, poor black boy - oh, poor chechen boy - we as society are to blame, family didn't love him enough, etc.) - anything to shift a blame from the person himself, or religious fanatism that guided him, many emotional cries without any factual evidence, etc. So - trust no one :-) Or rather, don't give up to propaganda, filter out facts from reputable sources, and make your own conclusions. Be guided by facts and not political correctness. That's what I do at least, and I believe I see a close to real (if not very appealing) picture of the world.

Press is more or less dead anyway... It will go to more severe and outrageous stunts trying to survive, that's to be expected.
Jul. 17th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
The Zimmerman case was sensationalized from the beginning. He wouldn't have been charged if the press had not latched onto the story and spun it the way they did. The whole situation is really tragic but the jury came to the right LEGAL conclusion. Sometimes morality and the law also don't mix. I'm extremely liberal but occasionally watch Fox News to hear the other side of issues. Bias exists, but there is no bias on this Rolling Stone cover. The point of the cover is merely to increase sales and bring attention to the magazine. This exceeds the scope of bias and is more disgusting in my view.
(no subject) - moebiuscat - Jul. 17th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - peacetraveler22 - Jul. 17th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
Bad journalism like any bad craftsmanship you cut it out and ignore it.
Maybe some lost soul would buy an extra copy of the mag and RS editors and investors would be happy with circulation, I could never understand it. As for the two brothers, fanaticism is probably too strong a medicine and once you use it you don’t realize what’s in store for you. One had his justice served to him hope the other will follow soon.
Our heartbroken liberal brothers & sisters couldn’t stand seeing hardened terrorists lounging in Gitmo, so under their immense pressure military had to release them, most went back into craft and got then nailed by a drone but only after inflicting great pains on many more people not counting lives and treasure it took to find and get final justice handed to them. News on the latest one just came out this week.

I’m not a vigilante but sometimes wish quick laws of the Old West came back for a day.
Get the rope.
Jul. 17th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
Spoken like a true Texan! :) I fully support the death penalty, with some parameters.
(no subject) - jack_cracker29 - Jul. 17th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - peacetraveler22 - Jul. 17th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jack_cracker29 - Jul. 17th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
It's a black PR.
Jul. 17th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
Denis - I agree.
Jul. 17th, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
I agree 100%
Jul. 17th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
The British press are the masters at sensationalizing stories, particularly when the Royals are involved.
(no subject) - notabler - Jul. 17th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
Totally wrong. He is a criminal. They will do anything to sell a magazine. Maybe they should tell th
Totally wrong. He is a criminal. Anything to sell magazines. Maybe they should put a picture of one of the victims on the cover and tell their story. This will make others want their 15 minutes of fame.
Jul. 17th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Totally wrong. He is a criminal. They will do anything to sell a magazine. Maybe they should tel
Tsarnaev will have his day in court like everyone else in the American judicial system. Putting a victim on the magazine? This will not garner the same attention or controversy. People don't wish to discuss stories of hope, perseverance, etc. in comments. It will not sell as many magazines, and it's the same on this platform. Bloggers who write about shit, trash, etc. in Russia receive the most attention and comments to posts. While many wonderful bloggers tell stories of interesting people and places everyday - yet few people know about them. I'm a living example of this - when I defamed mother Russia there were almost 800 comments to my post.
Jul. 17th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
I guess Rolling Stone wants to bring more attention to itself. But they chose a wrong way. Making a pop star or hero from this guy is absolutely inappropriate. It looks like it's cool to be a terrorist. I hope people will support an idea to boycott the magazine and stop buying it.
Jul. 17th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, they chose the wrong path to attention in my view. I also agree this cover portrays him as a "cool" character. There are young girls who buy into this image, and he already has groupies here in the States. It will be interesting to see how well this issue sells in comparison to others.
Jul. 17th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
The press have an inalienable negative sides.
Things like this are unethical, but there is no way to fix it.
Jul. 17th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
There's no way to fix it, but people should still voice their objection.
(no subject) - nar_row - Jul. 18th, 2013 08:27 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
This is disgusting.
And it becomes even more disgusting when you hear about those girls on twitter or youtube, who literally say "I think Djokhar should be freed, because he is soooo sexy!". Hey, the guy murdered a lot of people, broke families and set fear and grief into minds of people who least deserve it! But no, free him, because you girls would fancy to have sex with him? I heard a lot of crazy stuff, but this is utterly upsetting.
And now the Rolling Stone speculates on the image of a murderer... When will it ever stop being surprising....
Hmm, i wonder how his family even let him down by moving from Chechnya to a progressive economically leading country? And instead of finishing his education and becoming a successfull person with rights and prospects he turns around and crazy murders it's citizens?
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Btw, i've noticed that in Russia opinions about the Boston incident are very different. The majority of people i've talked to don't even believe it was him. They assume that the police just found people to blame, because it improves the image of the police and makes people believe that the bastards were cought.
Whatever the truth is, that whole story is very bitter and heartbreaking. And any speculation on it is, again, disgusting.
Jul. 17th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
These girls are infected with stupidity. I once communicated with a Chechen blogger who informed me the brothers are completely innocent. "Everyone in Chechnya knows they were framed by the U.S. government." I can't understand their viewpoint, in the same way I'll never understand how these brothers spit on the very country that gave them freedom and a better life.
Jul. 18th, 2013 03:46 am (UTC)
If i was a monster, killed dozen-some people, including small kids, it was extrimly sad to me to be made a kind like a pop-star by massmedia.

Feels like living in Roman Empire of it's last days.
Jul. 18th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
I'm certain he loves the attention. When he recently appeared in Court, he turned around and smiled at/mocked the family members in the room who had lost loved ones in the bombing.
(no subject) - ipona_mat - Jul. 18th, 2013 12:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 19th, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
Nothing personal, just business :)
With adequate profit, capital is very bold. A certain 10% will ensure its employment anywhere; 20% certain will produce eagerness; 50%, positive audacity; 100% will make it ready to trample on all human laws; 300%, and there is not a crime at which it will scruple, nor a risk it will not run, even to the chance of its owner being hanged.
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