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Rolling Stone Controversy: Hypocritical?

Rolling Stone

Washington Post: Did the New York Times Face a Backlash?

I subscribe to RS, and I will be reading the article, because this is one of the few places where investigative journalism still lives. They don't kiss up and print only what they are permitted to print in exchange for "access."

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snowywolfowl
Jul. 19th, 2013 12:38 am (UTC)
I fail to see how putting a photo of a terrorist on the cover of a magazine equals glorifying terrorism. If you can't speak about something without constant fear of "offending" or "glorifying" or "diminishing the importance of" then how is a narrative to be shaped at all?

Not all stories about terrorism can be the feel good ones about how people rallied together and overcame it. If you want to effectively combat somthing you need to look at it warts and all. Why is that so hard for some people to understand?
bonnie_halfelvn
Jul. 19th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
They have gotten a TON of flack for this, including some stores refusing to sell the magazine (it's unclear whether just this issue or all future issues). It's not exactly the first time a criminal has been put on their cover.

I do think this is still so new and raw for some people, like salt in a wound.

But you're right. The point of this is to figure out why a good-looking and popular kid took this path.
snowywolfowl
Jul. 19th, 2013 04:00 am (UTC)
What people aren't getting is that being able to analyze, critique and communicate is as much, and probably even more important, to the "war on terror" as any smart bomb or covert operation. Al Queda and their ilk have no problems with creating videos, websites and open letters to teenage girls they shoot explaining their world view, but put a picture on a magazine cover and North Americans trip over themselves to blow a gasket first.

Seriously, if Western civilization wants to remain intellectually relevant it needs to grow a pair and realize this stuff isn't caving into the challenges terrorism poises to our society, its answering it, confronting it and challenging it head on.

My head hurts from da dumb.
veronica_rich
Jul. 19th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
That's because some people are confusing an independent publication with PR materials. I swear, there are too many consumers today who have NO idea how to tell the difference between objective coverage, editorials, PR campaigns, advertorials, and plain old advertising.
bonnie_halfelvn
Jul. 19th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
The "progressive" movement is supposed to apply to one who uses critical thinking, not emotive reactions.
snowywolfowl
Jul. 21st, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
That is true. Creative thinking skills do seem to be atrophying in this age of outrage. Its a shame, really, since those skills are the only thing that will allow us to find our way out of these problems.
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