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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Person of the Year

I always knew that one day I would be Time Magazine's Person of the Year.



I thought the honor would come after I received the Pulitzer or the Nobel Peace Prize. But no, this year. Congratulations to me.

And, congratulations to you, who share the honor with me.

5 comments:

Sherrie said...

You know, that's just one of the lamest cop-outs I've ever seen.

There were plenty of other good choices.

Honestly, I wish I could decline the offer. :)

CISSY said...

Exactly. They were too scared to choose the person who they were leaning to -- the president of Iran.

Our newspapers, our magazines, our "media" is losing its courage.

Gina said...

What I can't believe is how Person of the Year has become such a big deal. It's little more than a publicity stunt, and people take the bait every year. I heard two radio reports about it this morning, and it's all over the Web. My paper makes a point of not covering it, and I'm glad.

Sherrie said...

You know, when they pick someone worthwhile to discuss, it's a good hook for an end-of-year feature (says the magazine person).

But when it's a lame cop-out to avoid picking the person who would be best (as cissy noted), it's just a pathetic pr stunt.

No, it's not even that. It's a cop-out disguised as a pr stunt. Even worse.

Gina said...

Time hasn't picked anyone particularly incendiary since Ayatollah Khomenei got the nod in 1979.

Choosing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-il or even Hassan Nasrallah (the Hezbollah leader) this year would have been gutsy and very timely. And talk about selling magazines — I think many people would have bought Time just to find out why, and maybe they would have (gasp!) learned something about the world that doesn't come straight from cable-news jargon. Instead, Time is encouraging us to congratulate ourselves for spending even more time with electronic devices. Sheesh.

(Rant over.)