The Rolling Stone Cover Controversy: Another Needless Distraction

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Rolling Stone cover controversy overshadows the magazine’s investigative journalism — MSNBC –

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This is a very good interview and worth watching.  I agree with everything that the interviewer, Martin Bashir, says, especially his point about how terrorists intend to shut a society down and stifle free speech.  If you have ever read anything about what motivates terrorists to do what they do, you’ll probably know that one of the main goals of any terrorist is to disrupt a society in their everyday activities, and cause dissension among the nations populace.  Isn’t causing a society to argue about something as trivial as a magazine cover disrupting that society?

Even though I agree that Rolling Stone magazine may have displayed some poor taste in their choice of covers, I applaud them for having the courage to do it.  Rolling Stone magazine has been one of my favorites for years, primarily because they have never been afraid to ruffle a few people’s feathers for grabbing some attention to some very important issues that too many people find it more comfortable to ignore.

This is the type of the in-your-face journalism that is necessary to wake up far too many sleeping Americans and make them pay attention to something other than what new gadget they want to buy at Wal-Mart.  These days, avoidance and denial seem to be the way that most Americans prefer to deal with the real world.  More times than not, people in this country need to be slapped in the face, as this magazine cover does, to be awakened to what’s really happening that actually matters.

If people would conduct themselves as good citizens and really care about what happens in this country, media outlets like Rolling Stone wouldn’t need to resort to this type of attention grabbing tactics.  But as long as seemingly most people in this country insist on only paying attention to the minutia rather than what’s really important, we will need fine journalists like those at Rolling Stone to keep people focused on the real prize; a fair and civilized society.

 

 The Rolling Stone Cover Controversy: Another Needless Distraction

 The Rolling Stone Cover Controversy: Another Needless Distraction

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 The Rolling Stone Cover Controversy: Another Needless Distraction
 The Rolling Stone Cover Controversy: Another Needless Distraction

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I was born in Bear Lake, Pennsylvania on December 22, 1955. I am fifty-seven years old, and I have been disabled my entire life. My disability is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), which is a genetic condition that causes muscles to deteriorate. As a result, I have never been able to walk or stand.

I attended my first four years of school at Bear Lake school. It was a one-room schoolhouse with four grades, and one teacher. After finishing school in Bear Lake, I went to school in Columbus, PA for fifth and sixth grade. I then went on to high school in Corry, PA, at Corry Area High School, where I graduated from as an honors student, in 1973.

I attended college at Edinboro State College from 1977 until 1979. After two years of college, I moved to Berkeley, California in 1980. I have lived there for over thirty-two years, and I really like it here. Berkeley is a great place to live.

In 2006, I received an Associate Degree in English, from Berkeley City College. I also received an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts.

Currently, I am an activist in the disability rights movement, and a member of ADAPT. I describe myself as a socialist/anarchist and have been involved in radical/progressive politics for many years. I am a member of the Green party.

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  1. I remember when Rolling Stone was about popular music. When did it become a moral authority on terrorism? Terrorism is bad. Agreeable young men being coerced by their older brothers into becoming terrorists is bad. Older brothers in general are suspect.

    1. Rolling Stone magazine has not only been about popular music, but it has always also been a lot about social commentary and what’s happening in this country. As someone who has read Rolling Stone since the 60s, I can tell you that it has always been an excellent source of progressive news and social commentary.

      Over the years, Rolling Stone magazine has often used controversial attention grabbing cover photos that often piss people off. Believe it or not, they just don’t do it as some type of gratuitous sensationalism, but to make a very valid point.

      Even though I have no proof, I believe their intentions behind this cover were to point out how someone can be a kind person, at one point in their life, and a cold-blooded murdering terrorist at another point. I believe they are trying to depict this young man as an actual human being, in contrast to law enforcement and the governments depiction of him as a monster. After all, despite the fact that he did a horrible thing he is still a human being.

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