Dethroning The Celebrity
I am reminded of a controversy over Time Magazine's person of the year in 2001; New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Who had the biggest impact on news in 2001?
The thought of giving such an award to Bin Laden for orchestrating those 911 events was disgusting. Giuliani was a safer compromise. More heroic, but not necessarily the person making the biggest splash to shape our memory of 2001.
That's the problem with "top dog" celebrity, "winner take all" contests.
It looks like Time's 2006 pick has dethroned the whole idea of being top dog and given the award to all of us.
I am pleased with this turn of events.
The Internet can empower all of you.
We can all share a tiny fragment of being "person of the year." There really isn't one centralized "person of the year."
I have often thought that too much emphasis is placed on the winners and celebrities in society. We all have stories to tell. I am happy to see all of us share in the 2006 award.
Hope no one has to do something really ominous to be heard.
See comment on my web site that I wrote several years back about Time's person of the year.
One year, the computer, rather than a person, won that prize. I think it was sometime in the 1990s.