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On the Cover of the Rolling Stone, and other thoughts

July 18, 2013 - Paul Giannamore
A couple things:

1. I hate getting out of the house in the morning and discovering that the dewpoint is in the 70s and it’s foggy.

2. Kevin Spacey deserves an Emmy award for “House of Cards.” I watched the Netflix original’s 13 episodes in about four days. It’s that good. And I hope Congress really isn’t like that, but I usually have my doubts.

3. The whole Rolling Stone Tsarnaev cover thing has me puzzled. People slam journalists for doing nothing, then when they do, the right to boycott and second guess is reserved.

If Rolling Stone didn’t doctor the photo, then I will stand by this statement: The face of evil sometimes doesn’t have a square moustache or a swastika ripped into its forehead. Sometimes, it looks like the kid next door.

Scary, eh?

And I look forward to reading the words, assuming I can get my hands on a copy, because if it’s in the traditional way of Rolling Stone journalism, the article will provoke, anger and inform, all at once. I’d like the opportunity to see the words.

But it’s far easier to be angry over the picture than it would be to actually READ the story and then, maybe have something to be angry about or, heaven forbid, be informed with.

The idea of rejecting “a book because of the cover” stands about right for our wonderfully divided, I-hate-you, you-hate-me American culture, afforded by the opportunity to anonymously accuse and insult on the Internet.

Again, assuming the photo wasn’t doctored.

I assume nothing nowadays.


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