ROLLING STONE ANNOUNCED they are putting a photo of the Boston Marathon bomber on the cover. Immediately there is a public outcry and calls to boycott the magazine. Click here for one such effort.
I don't read Rolling Stone, because pop culture is boring and the more attention you pay to it, the less of a person you become. Personally, I find the cover offensive and the magazine should take shots for showing poor taste. But Rolling Stone has never been known for showing good taste.
Why the cover? DUH. To sell magazines, of course. The media may get blamed for all kinds of things, but the media doesn't exist unless there is a wanted product. Now there are all kinds of hopping mad people jumping up and down and telling us not to buy the magazine, and that's fine, but they are unwittingly feeding the fire.
If you don't like the cover, and there are plenty of reasons, don't buy it. Perhaps the backlash will be enough to either pull the cover or sink Rolling Stone into further obscurity, and that wouldn't be a bad thing, either, but I fear it will have the opposite effect.
We will see how it plays out.