The current scandal over Rolling Stone’s August cover is painful evidence of just how messed up our culture is when it comes to current events and any interest in understanding them. As the increasingly vapid demands of our ever-shortening attention spans continue to decimate long-form journalism in favor of sound bites and pithy tweets, our society is over-entertained and under-informed.
Even when we think we are being educated by outlets such as the cable-news networks, we are mostly being titillated, manipulated or provoked. Magazine covers mean a lot to folks who don’t take the time to read.
An unbelievable outcry has arisen from Rolling Stone’s decision to put a picture of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its once-legendary cover. I don’t know about you, but my Facebook and Twitter is blowing up in reaction. People, many of whom have not picked up a copy of Rolling Stone in years, called for a boycott, calling Tsarnaev a “cockroach” and “unworthy” of this kind of exposure.