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We won!

Time magazine's Person of the Year: You
The annual honor for 2006 went to each and every one of us, as Time cited the shift from institutions to individuals — citizens of the new digital democracy, as the magazine put it. The winners this year were anyone using or creating content on the World Wide Web.

I'd like to thank the academy .....

OK, I'll be an ingrate: Isn't this the dumbest thing ever? I can't say we individuals did ANYthing, to be honest. A bunch of websites didn't cause, say, the carnage in Darfur or Baghdad, and have no chance to stop it. At best all we've done is wrung our cyber-hands about everything and passed dirty photos around.

Hm. Maybe I should think this through more. But I'll leave what I have here, because even if it's half-baked, maybe it'll spur discussion.



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Dec. 17th, 2006 10:45 am (UTC)
I knew it was coming, thanks for breaking the news. Sometimes those choices just leave me shaking my head...
Dec. 17th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
Time has been making weird selections since at least the days when I worked for them. Back then they picked the personal computer as the "man of the year" one time. However, they have a point here. Blogging and wikis are a new form of democracy and populism, one for which the entrenched powers haven't yet figured out a counterbalance. I believe blogs and such were a major factor in the Republican collapse last month, and that seems like a good thing to me. Of course there's a risk, but it's no greater than the risk of eloquent newspaper editorials or popular media commentators. The difference is that you no longer have to be a millionaire or a personality to build a readership.
Dec. 17th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
I'm torn on this one. On one hand, yes, it seems like Time wussed out and couldn't make up their minds as far as which of the many influential individuals should be POTY. Shrub? Ahmadinejad (president of Iran)? Mark Foley? Nancy Pelosi? Britney showing off her close shave? And the list goes on..

Then I remember how much time I've spent this year on my MySpace page, how many video clips I've seen on YouTube, and how many LJ blogs I read faithfully - including those of filkertom, dawnwolf, and yourself. :-) It seems like we're paying a little less attention to the Big Public figures and talking heads.... and a lot more attention to each other. I'd like to think that doing so had some good consequences - particularly in the election. It's reassuring to know how many SANE people are really around.

Thus endeth my acceptance speech. (And the orchestra didn't even have to "play me off"...)

Dec. 18th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
A little further reflection...
I'm not ready to tackle the main issue I raised yet; don't wish to ignore any comments, as good points are being made, but I thought I'd tack on a comment of my own related to the "losers" of the POTY declaration.

When Time names something other than a person as Person of the Year, it's always controversial. I tried to figure out who it would be if "the rules" did not allow anything but one human (or maybe 3-4 at most) to be named. The only choice that worked for me was George W. Bush. Choosing him would be hellaciously controversial, no matter how they worded the rationale. Clearly no other human had a bigger impact than he in the last year. (Of course, I don't think this is a good thing.) At best, it's simply too early to write about it. At worst, severe allegations would be laid which would cause incendiary devices to be pointed toward Time's editorial offices.

So maybe it was better that Time did what they did. Maybe.
Dec. 18th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
Re: A little further reflection...
I think they just wanted us all to rush out and buy it, and save it to show future generations. "See? have YOU won Time person of the year? NO! You weren't even born yet, you slacker!"
Dec. 18th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
I long ago realized that Time magazine was rubbish - a quarter century or so ago. This simply confirms it.
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