The latest issue of the Rolling Stone Magazine has caused a (arguably calculated) uproar when one of the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombings was placed on the cover. A similar outcry occurred when the magazine placed mass murderer Charles Manson on the cover 43 years ago (Source: USA Today July 17, 2013
). The choice to place the suspect rather than the victims on the cover, the mere decision to feature the alleged mass murderer, has led to calls to boycott the magazine on Twitter and Facebook. The decision shows poor taste, at best, or perhaps more to the point, a complete failure of the editors to understand the role of media in today’s world by choosing to attribute celebrity status to the suspect. A worst, it shows a carelessness that capitulates morals for the sake of financial gain. My intention here is not to lend an uncritical support of the naysayers but to question the broader reality that underlies the debate: the lack of ethics in a mass media world.
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