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Old 12-16-2006, 11:53 PM   #1
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Time Magazine Man of the Year is YOU!

It's a bizarre but yet...interesting choice.

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http://www.time.com/time/magazine/ar...9514%2C00.html

Person of the Year: You
Yes, you. You control the Information Age. Welcome to your world.
By LEV GROSSMAN

The "Great Man" theory of history is usually attributed to the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that "the history of the world is but the biography of great men." He believed that it is the few, the powerful and the famous who shape our collective destiny as a species. That theory took a serious beating this year.

To be sure, there are individuals we could blame for the many painful and disturbing things that happened in 2006. The conflict in Iraq only got bloodier and more entrenched. A vicious skirmish erupted between Israel and Lebanon. A war dragged on in Sudan. A tin-pot dictator in North Korea got the Bomb, and the President of Iran wants to go nuclear too. Meanwhile nobody fixed global warming, and Sony didn't make enough PlayStation3s.

But look at 2006 through a different lens and you'll see another story, one that isn't about conflict or great men. It's a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It's about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people's network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It's about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.

The tool that makes this possible is the World Wide Web. Not the Web that Tim Berners-Lee hacked together (15 years ago, according to Wikipedia) as a way for scientists to share research. It's not even the overhyped dotcom Web of the late 1990s. The new Web is a very different thing. It's a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as if it were a new version of some old software. But it's really a revolution.

And we are so ready for it. We're ready to balance our diet of predigested news with raw feeds from Baghdad and Boston and Beijing. You can learn more about how Americans live just by looking at the backgrounds of YouTube videos—those rumpled bedrooms and toy-strewn basement rec rooms—than you could from 1,000 hours of network television.

And we didn't just watch, we also worked. Like crazy. We made Facebook profiles and Second Life avatars and reviewed books at Amazon and recorded podcasts. We blogged about our candidates losing and wrote songs about getting dumped. We camcordered bombing runs and built open-source software.

America loves its solitary geniuses—its Einsteins, its Edisons, its Jobses—but those lonely dreamers may have to learn to play with others. Car companies are running open design contests. Reuters is carrying blog postings alongside its regular news feed. Microsoft is working overtime to fend off user-created Linux. We're looking at an explosion of productivity and innovation, and it's just getting started, as millions of minds that would otherwise have drowned in obscurity get backhauled into the global intellectual economy.

Who are these people? Seriously, who actually sits down after a long day at work and says, I'm not going to watch Lost tonight. I'm going to turn on my computer and make a movie starring my pet iguana? I'm going to mash up 50 Cent's vocals with Queen's instrumentals? I'm going to blog about my state of mind or the state of the nation or the steak-frites at the new bistro down the street? Who has that time and that energy and that passion?

The answer is, you do. And for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, TIME's Person of the Year for 2006 is you.

Sure, it's a mistake to romanticize all this any more than is strictly necessary. Web 2.0 harnesses the stupidity of crowds as well as its wisdom. Some of the comments on YouTube make you weep for the future of humanity just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and the naked hatred.

But that's what makes all this interesting. Web 2.0 is a massive social experiment, and like any experiment worth trying, it could fail. There's no road map for how an organism that's not a bacterium lives and works together on this planet in numbers in excess of 6 billion. But 2006 gave us some ideas. This is an opportunity to build a new kind of international understanding, not politician to politician, great man to great man, but citizen to citizen, person to person. It's a chance for people to look at a computer screen and really, genuinely wonder who's out there looking back at them. Go on. Tell us you're not just a little bit curious. From the Dec. 25, 2006 issue of TIME magazine
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So they chose nobody, nice.
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I always knew I was special.
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Cop-out of the year: Time.
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How is it a cop-out?

I think this is brilliant. It makes perfect sense.
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Yep. You are unique just like everybody else.
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So Wikipedia, YouTube and MySpace are the Holy Trinity of www?

I'd say we're more doomed than given reason to celebrate, but no one asked me.
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Old 12-17-2006, 04:48 AM   #9
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Yep you are,..you are one of the 17% of the world population that has a internet connection,.....

17% of the world that can change the world ? well, that is scary. Internet connected people are usualy not the ones that need to fight for a reasonble living


www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm
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CNN international has a program on now where they're talking with the editors about the decision process, what man/person of the year has historically meant etc.
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Apparently they briefly considered Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert!!!!! If they'd done Bono and then those two I might have had to propose to the board.

They discussed media splintering into "1000 different voices" which I think was the root of it. Also that they had one meeting and 3 weeks later the landscape had totally changed.

They are doing person on the streets -
Britney for dumping Kfed
Rumsfeld
New Dem Congress
Saddam Hussein "for switching the balance from Republicans to Democrats"
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more man ont the street:
Angelina for being a humanitarian
"President Bush because he's made a lot of good decisions for America" (it wasn't sarcasm
Cindy Sheehan


Final 3 were
Hu Jintao - rise of Chinese power as a tipping point this year, China 21st century superpower, "introduce people to someone whose face they don't know but at the same time say this is really about china"
User generated content - "passage of power from the few to the many, democracy with a small d" mentioned that it's threatening us as msm, positive story of "unification, people coming to understand one another" vs war strife in news this year, bloggers and flickr and cell phones providing news footage...
3rd was Mahmoud Ahmadinejaad - to talk about war in Iraq, Shia power, global icon

Interestingly, they talk about how they'd already put him on the cover so they had to consider how to get a fresh angle. OK I'm way too much of a geek about this stuff.


So the program just reminded me - they're supposed to interview the person of the year right? How do they do an interview with MySpace?? They're talking about the founders, but isn't the point that they just gave a vehicle and the whole world provides the meaning and content? If they are rewarding the original ideas they should have gone with the you tube founders (which they considered, developping a "the youtube guys" cover).
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HAHAHA the cover has a mirror on it of mylar, which was put on individually to each cover after they were printed .

"ebbing of power from few to many and big media companies like ours aren't in control anymore"

Well at least they're admitting it unlike some in the msm.
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I heard in the Onion that the Burmese dictator was hoping to get the nod by massacreing his entire population, but sorry, no banana, Burma just doesn't make the news.

I'm glad to hear that I am Time's man of the year guys, humbly I will accept the burden of appreciation.
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Cop-out of the year: Time.
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Apparently they briefly considered Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert!!!!!
wow they really should have done that
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