The slings and arrows of outrage-ous fortune

Rolling Stone Boston Marathon Bombing

Funny how people are in an uproar about a photo that has already been published in the New York Times and Washington Post. It is even more a shame that most will never read the article. In a world where “journalism” typically consists of manufactured outrage and uninformed opinion, Rolling Stone is one of the few remaining magazines that will pay for a long and carefully researched article, especially one that claims “to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens.” I realize that the bombing was a horrible event that angers and upsets people but if we want to prevent similar situations in the future we need to supplement our spleen with a bit of intelligence. Perhaps when we are done expressing our 140 character vitriol we might try reading the 11,400 word article. It may not be Pulizter Prize material but the author, Janet Reitman, has taken the time do some careful and possibly difficult research and craft a more nuanced reaction. It is available here:


~ by severalfourmany on July 19, 2013.

One Response to “The slings and arrows of outrage-ous fortune”

  1. “I feel obligated to begin by stating that I have no sympathy for a murderer of children … But the very fact that we have to gain entry to the conversation by stating our bona fides like this disturbs me.”
    David Weinberger

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