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Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« on: December 16, 2006, 10:48:45 PM »
YOU.

Deep metaphysical statement? Cheap publicity stunt? Total cop-out? Discuss.


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Re: Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2006, 11:28:09 PM »
I don't really follow Time's person of the year, but I always thought the whole point was to single out one person who contributed the most to society. It kinda seems like they just voted in the whole society. So unless they mean me SPECIFICALLY, (And if, for my contributions of 1000+ posts on the Rifftrax forums and the building of the advanced level Lego Batmobile, I've been nominated for this prestigious award, I'll gladly accept.) I say cop-out. :^)


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Re: Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2006, 11:49:20 PM »
   I saw the article. The cover is a computer with a mirrored surface for the monitor and it is referring to everyone who contributes online, whether by starting a site or responding to it.

           So YOU am US!


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Re: Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2006, 11:53:25 PM »
The person of the year is... ME!? Nobody else look in this mirror!


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Re: Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2006, 11:54:45 PM »
   I saw the article. The cover is a computer with a mirrored surface for the monitor and it is referring to everyone who contributes online, whether by starting a site or responding to it.

           So YOU am US!

us is person of teh year! w00t!


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Re: Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2006, 05:40:36 AM »
But what about them? Aren't they they person of the year too?

I'm confuzzled.  ;D
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Re: Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2006, 07:35:18 AM »
Ehn.  They get it wrong sometimes...I mean, Hitler was Time's man of the year once.


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Re: Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2006, 07:38:22 AM »
Um, how can you get a completely abitrary decision wrong?


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Re: Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2006, 11:07:34 AM »
Um, how can you get a completely abitrary decision wrong?

Hindsight. Joseph Stalin was named man of the year twice - in 1939 and 1942. Good call, Time.  ::)

There have been a number of groups name people of the year: the American Fighting-Man (1950), the Hungarian Freedom Fighter (1956), U.S. Scientists (1960), Twenty-Five and Under (1966), the Middle Americans (1968), American Women (1975), the Peacemakers (1993), the Whistleblowers (2002) and the American Soldiers (2003). The Computer was object of the year in 1982, and "Endangered Earth" in 1988.

It seems like Time has become more hesitant over the years to name an actual person as person of the year.


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Re: Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2006, 02:32:54 PM »
American Women (1975)

huh?


Edit: never mind, I guess that works, I thought it was "man of the year" not "person"
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Re: Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2006, 03:24:29 PM »
I don't really have a problem with the Hitler and Stalin thing in the '30s and '40s.  It's supposed to go to the person who had the greatest influence during the year, and that's not always going to be a good guy.

Still, this is just silly.


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Re: Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2006, 12:45:21 AM »
I don't really have a problem with the Hitler and Stalin thing in the '30s and '40s.  It's supposed to go to the person who had the greatest influence during the year, and that's not always going to be a good guy.

Still, this is just silly.

No, it's definitely an award for merit, if not technically doing good. At the time he was awarded, it looked like Hitler had unified a struggling newly-Democratic Germany (He had won the election in a landslide, or so it appeared...), and Stalin was our staunch ally during WW II. We had no idea either would go on to murder countless people. Time Magazine may not have been the best judge of character...


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Re: Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2006, 09:39:12 AM »
That reminds me of my High School year book.  On the cover it reads "A Time to Reflect" and has a mirror.  Then again, our class song was "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Everclear, and our Prom theme was the painting "The Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gough.

It goes without saying that our class cabinet was a bunch of pretentious pricks.

But yeah, definitely a bullshit cop-out.


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Re: Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2006, 01:31:16 AM »
That reminds me of my High School year book.  On the cover it reads "A Time to Reflect" and has a mirror.  Then again, our class song was "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Everclear, and our Prom theme was the painting "The Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gough.

It goes without saying that our class cabinet was a bunch of pretentious pricks.

But yeah, definitely a bullshit cop-out.

Actually, "Breakfast At Tiffany's" was by the one-hit-wonder Deep Blue Something. Just be glad you got a halfway decent song, and not the R&B garbage my prom played. (When the ballot came around I wrote in Men At Work's "Land Down Under" in protest. Some piece of crap by KC & JoJo won, as I recall.)


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Re: Time Magazine's Person of the Year is...
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2006, 06:48:39 AM »
Did you guys read the article?

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1569514,00.html

As a graduate of a new media-related program, I'm used to the esoteric termonology and catch phrases that are constantly being spewed about things that I find mundane as a casual geek. But honestly, this just takes the cake.  Why didn't they just nominate YouTube as man of the year? It was the only site that they mentioned that hadn't been around for like 2+ years.  Podcasting is not new, Myspace is not new, and wikipedia is definitely not that new.  The only change here is that suddenly people who didn't really use the internet all that much for anything geeky were becoming myspace and youtube officianados.  And people may have noticed that user-generated-content sites have become every company's favorite bandwagon lately.

I could rant about this further, but I'm going to stop myself.  ;)
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