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Old 12-18-2005, 04:34 PM   #31
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I know about Bono´s merits and have been praising them, but here´s a toast to Bill and Melinda Gates!

750 mil is quite a sum. I don´t know whether Gates can write all of that off (taxes). Ok that guy is a 100 billion $ heavyweight, anyway.. I think it is good that he is rewarded, maybe more super-rich can follow his example.
And they give so much in education scholarships

I also agree w/ verte: of course there will always be someone who might be more deserving, if you look at the sacrifices other people have made, but it doesn't make Bono or the Gates' a bad choice. I mean, I went to Africa for a month and of course I paid a bigger sacrifice than Bono as far as going into debt to afford the trip, getting sick b/c we couldn't stay in 5 star hotels, suffering from the heat and exhaustion to work with people in their own homes.....but I don't think that's the point. I did what was expected of me, just like Red Cross volunteers and thousands of others, but Bono and the Gates'....they're thinking and acting outside of the box.
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I agree verte (although I'm sure Bono's had his fair share of martinis at his villa in the south of France )

Ah, but he's had less then of all that sitting around with champaign and what not in South France b/c of his activities

and don't forget LL&M that when B & Ali went the first time to ?? Eithiopia back in ? 85.. i think they were in a villiage for that month.......they certainly couldn't haver afforded any 5 star hotEls back then

ANd tHANK YOU FOR YOUR OWN EFFORTS, ll&m!
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This is exciting and I am very pleased to hear this news. The article is very good. I'll get my copy of the magazine at the airport when leaving Portland hopefully.
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Old 12-18-2005, 11:28 PM   #34
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I think this recognition goes beyond the individuals named as persons of the year. They are a public recognizable face to what has been a tremendous year of charity work by many people, governments and NGOs. With the asian tsunami and Katrina along with the continuing tragedies in place like Darfur and other parts of Africa, Time Magazine has acknowledged the work being done to help others around the planet during times of need. And like the article said, the Gates and Bono have made "giving" cool and sexy.

I also think it is a HUGE improvement over last year's winner.
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Does anyone else wonder if Bono would have even been considered if U2 didn't have a massive concert tour throughout this year? If everything else was the same, but no album and no tour -- do you think the work for which he is being honoured would have gotten such attention this year?

Just wondering.

All in all it's a nice honour for him (and the Gates' also) and will help raise the profile of their causes even more, so that is an extra bonus.
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I think he would've b/c I think if they hadn't been touring, he'd be doing even more humanitarian work.
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I think he would've b/c I think if they hadn't been touring, he'd be doing even more humanitarian work.
I agree... I am very happy with TIME's choice... They definitely deserve the recognition for their work.
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"To whom much is given, much is expected." He is one of the exceptions who lives by that. Here's also to those who have never been given much, who choose to give somehow anyway.
That is the perfect way to put it

Sure so many other people are deserving of Time's honor, but I am so very proud of Bono. When I think about becoming a U2 fan so many years ago and how I never imagined in a million years that Bono would be recognized in such a way, it just makes me emotional.

To me Bono represents one thing more than any other, and that is HOPE. I don't know how he persists when so many times he must feel so defeated and just plain tired. I think he can still hold on to optimistic hope, and in this day and age that's quite an achievement in and of itself. It is such a defeatist and cynical world we live in.
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i have many mixed feelings.

i love Bono. i love U2. aside from Oprah -- who can get Americans to buy a million copies of freaking "Anna Karennina" just by mentioning it on her show -- Bono is probably the most influential person in popular culture. he has used his power for good, and this must be applauded, but let's also add the caveat that, in a better world, this would be the norm for the mega-wealthy and not the exception.

i think Bono would agree with that.

it's less that what i think Bono has done is so special, in and of itself, and more that what Bono has done should be what we expect from those who have been given lives of unthinkable privilege -- whether private citizens or powerful first world nations like the US, the UK, France, Australia, etc.

what's also so impressive about Bono is that the Vertigo tour is, in many ways, entirely in support of his charitable works. make no mistake -- all those names that the One campaign now has as a result of Bono's speechifying before "one" do much to increase his political clout, as if U2 is morphing from a rock band and into an instrument of social change, that the music is now in service of the cause, kind of paralleling how Edge says he doesn't play guitar he uses a guitar to play U2 songs. and this makes logical sense -- U2 has never been about music, it's been about using music to get to other places, other colors, other ideas.

so, yeah, Bono rocks and all, but what is bothering me a little bit is that, especially when you look back on all of Time's previous Persons of the Year, this choice seems a little feel-good, a little pop, a little "give the people what they want and by the way what will sell the most magazine covers." maybe my thinking is old and fusty and dusty, but i think there are many other people who exert greater control over how people's lives are conducted on the planet, which is why i thought Mother Nature was the obvious choice for Person of the Year. this was a year defined by catastrophe, bookended by a tsunami and an earthquake with a calamatous hurricane in the middle that ripped apart the patina of progress and modernity of the United States to reveal that, yes, even the most powerful is dwarfed by nature, and, yes, race and class are inextricably tied together, especially in the American South, and that, as is true in Banda Ache and Kashmire, it is always, always the poor with the least to loose who loose the most.

that seems to be to the the accurate, hard-nosed pick; Bono and Mr. and Mrs. Gates seem to be the feel-good picks.

so ... mixed feelings.

but, yay for Bono. my hope is that it encourages other celebrities to do more work of substance.
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I think it's a great choice in that I realize that the magazine is going to choose someone already "famous" for economic reasons, so they might as choose someone who is making a difference for the good. Bono acts as a catalyst for change. I joined the Peace Corps and did the work I did in Africa in a large part because of his example...his passion for the poor and U2's music in general inspired me. I bet I'm not the only one.
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Placing doctors or Red Cross workers on the cover won't sell as many issues. Sad, but true. Time is there to sell issues (and yes, report the news, but they're competing with other weekly news magazines).
Yeah. Famous people sell things, that's how it tends to run.

That said, however, congratulations to Bono on making the cover, same with Bill and Melinda Gates . And for those who aren't on the cover, but have also done many charitable things this year, I congratulate them, too. Keep up the good work, guys-your efforts are appreciated, we need more people like you .

Also, to verte's posts. Well said.

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Congratulate Bono,see you in France! Just to add that Bob Geldof could stand there, beetween Bill and you.............................PS This is just for Irvine511: It's interesting how you Americans commercialise some European and world literature's masterpieces;Anna Karennina is not freaking.
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PS This is just for Irvine511: It's interesting how you Americans commercialise some European and world literature's masterpieces;Anna Karennina is not freaking.


?

i was just commenting that it's amazing to get a 19th century Russian novel onto the best seller's list simply by her mentioning it. i'm a little puzzled as to why "you Americans" have "commericalized" something when it's more that it's a classic of world literature that most people might have read in school, but it's hardly beach reading. to get people to buy the book -- and many of these people are probably not going to be your urban literati -- is no small accomplishment.

i should also add that i get a little bit prickly whenever i hear the phrase "you Americans" ... it's nearly always followed up by condescention of some sort.
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Sorry,I had no intentions to be rude and far from that that I'm prejudiced.I LOVE AMERICA............Afterall,my older brother location is same as yours........My point was similar .........It's stupid to put Anna in Oprah's show..............Bono would sing The Playboy Mansion.............
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Sorry,I had no intentions to be rude and far from that that I'm prejudiced.I LOVE AMERICA............Afterall,my older brother location is same as yours........My point was similar .........It's stupid to put Anna in Oprah's show..............Bono would sing The Playboy Mansion.............


oh, okay. and perhaps i overreacted. i'm sorry.



yes, i did think it was weird to have her put that book on her show, but if it gets people to read such a masterpiece, then so much the better, i say.
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