For much of the week, there has been a debate about the ethics of the latest cover of Rolling Stone magazine, a photo in keeping with the rock-star qualities of most of its other covers. Only this one is of the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzokhar Tsarnaev. The editorial decision provoked no small debate and forced the magazine to defend its call. National Geographic, arguably the most photo-conscious media, presented a reasoned primer on the debate. On Thursday, Boston Magazine "countered" with new photos of the bombing suspect as he was caught by police. The photos were taken by a police officer who has since been relieved of duty.
Jacob Harris, a software architect who works at The New York Times, has crafted a strong argument about the inherent difficulties of using Twitter as a polling device: the demographics aren't aligned with society's, for instance. But he also suggests it's time to address some of these issues with greater information about Twitter statistics and new ways to visualize Twitter data.
David Cohn, the spot.us and cir.ca founder, writes that the day will soon come when television advertising dollars will be up for greater grabs. While digital operations continue to struggle for the rewards of advertising support, Cohn foresees the intertwining of television and the Internet. When that happens, news organizations won't necessarily be handed the money. But at least, he says, it will be on the table for them to take.