You heard about all that #FreeJahar stuff after the Boston Marathon bombings, right? Basically, surviving bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- thanks to some combination of his floppy boy-band hair and whatever it is that causes women to propose to Scott Peterson in jail -- has become a bit of a sex-symbol-slash-online-community, giving graduating One Direction fans someone else to spend all their time writing real-people fanfic about.
Jahar wanted to become a nurse and was a lifeguard because he wanted to save lives, what makes you think he wanted to take them? #FreeJahar— TrillJvhar ✨ (@jahartaughtyou) July 17, 2013
It's a little scary and weird, but most of them are kids and teenagers who don't really know any better. Only one of them, so far, is an enormously influential magazine that, like #FreeJahar fans, is intermittently convinced that there's a causal relationship between the truth and how offended the people around you are by the thing you're yelling. Meet Rolling Stone, suddenly well-positioned to reach the demographic that loves both Tiger Beat and the movie Zeitgeist.
At least, you'd think that.