Slate Magazine‘s Mark Joseph Stern defends Rolling Stone‘s controversial “The Bomber” cover, which, as he says “featur[es] a dreamy photo of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.” He argues that by “depicting a terrorist as sweet and handsome rather than ugly and terrifying, Rolling Stone has subverted our expectations and hinted at a larger truth.”
Why should people be outraged at the cover? Are they scared that it DOES say something about American society–something that maybe even helps produce killers like this? Or does it risk romanticizing celebrity killers, which also is a kind of weird American trend? Can the story undermine what the cover image seems to say?