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December 16, 200610:16 PM

Time Magazine Says You Are The Person Of The Year

Time Magazine announced today that their Person Of The Year is... wait for it... You.

That's right, Social Media may have just jumped the shark or will now be taken more seriously by marketers and advertisers.

Here's a tease from the Time Magazine website:

"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."

Instead of going in depth on my thoughts on this glorious moment, I'm going to reserve judgement until I can grab a copy of the magazine and really dig into the content.

Until then, feel free to call your parents and let them know that you were voted Time Magazine's Person Of The Year.

Check out the article teaser here: Time Magazine - Person Of The Year - You.

Here's what Steve Rubel over at Micro Persuasion has to say: You, The 2.0 Citizen, Is Time's Person Of The Year.

And a news item from BBC News: 'You' Named Time's Person Of 2006.

(special thanks to Sass for the head's up).

By Mitch Joel


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