The “Person Of The Year” Is “You?” So Lame!

by John Hawkins | December 18, 2006 6:51 am

Oh, what nauseating, feel good, liberal pap this[1] is:

“Congratulations! You are the Time magazine “Person of the Year.”

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.”

So, I’m “creating content on the World Wide Web.” I guess that makes me a winner — along with all the trolls, people doing porn sites, spammers, and the webmasters of conspiracy theorist blogs. Great — what an honor.

Apparently, this silly, “Hooray, we all win! Aren’t we special!” award came about because Time didn’t want to choose Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,

“And Stengel said if the magazine had decided to go with an individual, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the likely choice. “It just felt to me a little off selecting him,” Stengel said.”

Here’s an idea: if selecting Islamo-Fascists like Ahmadinejad is too unpalatable, then rewrite the rules so that the “Person of the Year” can’t be a creep. How much sense does it make to set the award up to go to the biggest newsmaker of the year, positive or negative, and then chicken out when a genocidal, Holocaust denier earns the honor? They had this exact same problem in 2001 when Time chickened out and picked Rudy Giuliani over Osama Bin Laden[2] as their person of the year.

Now personally, I’m glad that they picked Rudy over Osama, because Osama shouldn’t be the “person of the year” anywhere except in hell, but why not go ahead and change the rules at this point?

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  2. Osama Bin Laden:

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