Normally, criminals and controversial figures tend to have the photos of them that perpetuate a negative image spread by the media; however, in this case, it is almost an uncomfortably attractive picture: one we should be repulsed by but are not. When we see this selfie, it makes us uncomfortable because it makes the terr...
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...e” pictures on the cover but they are not snapshots as they often do not show the celebrity in his or her glory. This same idea pertains to Rolling Stone as we would never see the selfie of a terrorist on the cover of a magazine that had Johnny Depp on its cover the issue before the Tsarnaev issue. The hegemon in this case is tradition set by mainstream media where candid, raw, unedited, private photos or snapshots are not to be on magazine covers mainly due to the fact that oftentimes, we fail to humanize public figures so by only showing these grand and gorgeous images of them, we continue to put them on a pedestal or believe they are almost from a different world. In Tsarnaev’s case, he is often shown as if he is from a different, darker, world when in fact the counter hegemonic private-made-public image shows us that he is from the same world as the rest of us.
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