The W
Views: 95618696
Main | FAQ | Search: Y! / G | Calendar | Color chart | Log in for more!
18.4.14 1829
The W - Current Events & Politics - Time Magazine Person of the Year
This thread has 5 referrals leading to it
Register and log in to post!
Thread rated: 5.19
Pages: 1
(501 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
User
Post (19 total)
Big Bad
Scrapple








Since: 4.1.02
From: Dorchester, Ontario

Since last post: 2 days
Last activity: 1 day
#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.67
YOU (time.com)

Clearly, not a lot of quality brainstorming went on in the TIME offices this year.



"I don't know what is more disquieting -- the fact that the rest of the statue is missing, or that it has four toes."
Promote this thread!
Gugs
Bierwurst








Since: 9.7.02
From: Sleep (That's where I'm a viking)

Since last post: 330 days
Last activity: 1 day
AIM:  
Y!:
#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.37
I don't want to insult myself or anything, but I'm a terrible choice for PotY. I mean, seriously. I made Dean's List, yeah, but so did a bunch of other people. And I'm sure there were others who produced broadcast-quality ads for awesome community colleges (stay tuned, central and western Mass!), but...alright. I'm a damn good choice for Person of the Year, and it's about time I won. I'm just disappointed that my fantastic 1987 (I singlehandedly performed my own C-section!) wasn't met with the same recognition.





Click Here (youtube.com)
redsoxnation
Scrapple








Since: 24.7.02

Since last post: 291 days
Last activity: 291 days
#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.79
The prestige of this award has been slipping for years, but now they just want to be real cute? If they aren't going to make it meaningful, don't waste the paper it is printed on.



The Horsemen DVD is 3 Discs and 9 hours. Let Us Rejoice and Sing Its Praise.
ges7184
Lap cheong








Since: 7.1.02
From: Birmingham, AL

Since last post: 12 days
Last activity: 12 min.
#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.40
I pulled this quote from another article (apnews.myway.com):

"If you choose an individual, you have to justify how that person affected millions of people," said Richard Stengel, who took over as Time's managing editor earlier this year. "But if you choose millions of people, you don't have to justify it to anyone."

They are not even trying to hide the fact that this is a cop out.


(edited by ges7184 on 17.12.06 1200)


The Bored are already here. Idle hands are the devil's workshop. And no... we won't kill dolphins. But koalas are fair game.
Oliver
Scrapple








Since: 20.6.02
From: Derkaderkastan

Since last post: 3 days
Last activity: 28 min.
AIM:  
ICQ:  
Y!:
#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.68
OK, so while I appreciate the honour of being one of a billion of Time's Persons of the Year (even though I don't read the magazine)...who SHOULD have won?



You're kidding me!
Gavintzu
Summer sausage








Since: 2.1.02
From: Calgary ... Alberta Canada

Since last post: 2679 days
Last activity: 2679 days
#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.00
    Originally posted by Oliver
    OK, so while I appreciate the honour of being one of a billion of Time's Persons of the Year (even though I don't read the magazine)...who SHOULD have won?


If TIME had any balls whatsoever, they would have really said who has impacted the world most this year: "The Insurgent."

In Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon insurgent fighters have pretty much set the tone of world affairs. They had the US, Israel and NATO in a bind, and Europe, China and Russia are worried that the same behavior will spread to their shores. It's very obvious, but the editors of Time don't want to mention the elephant in the room.




Lie to me, like I lie to you.
Calm me down, until the morning comes.
And if the morning don't come, lie to me.
Will you take me to your bed,
Will you lay me down, heavy like the rocks in the river bed
That my saviour made?

Packman V2
Bratwurst








Since: 16.3.04
From: Albuquerque, NM

Since last post: 7 days
Last activity: 35 min.
AIM:  
Y!:
#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.92
Wow. So I wouldn't have considered myself to be Time's person of the year, but I'll gladly accept the award. I just wonder, if I start to put that on resumes, if it would make any difference.



Big Bad
Scrapple








Since: 4.1.02
From: Dorchester, Ontario

Since last post: 2 days
Last activity: 1 day
#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.67
The credibility of the title (it isn't an honour) really went out the window when they failed to give it to Bin Laden in 2001, fearing reader backlash. Since the title is defined as 'the person who made the most impact, for good or worse, on the world in the year,' then he was an obvious pick.

I like Gavintzu's idea of The Insurgent, if Time wanted to pick an abstract choice. There's also Kim Jong-Il, the Iranian president, George Allen (as a symbol of the Republican' downfall), Nancy Pelosi, or (and I'm only partially kidding here) Sasha Baron Cohen.



"I don't know what is more disquieting -- the fact that the rest of the statue is missing, or that it has four toes."
redsoxnation
Scrapple








Since: 24.7.02

Since last post: 291 days
Last activity: 291 days
#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.79
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    The credibility of the title (it isn't an honour) really went out the window when they failed to give it to Bin Laden in 2001, fearing reader backlash. Since the title is defined as 'the person who made the most impact, for good or worse, on the world in the year,' then he was an obvious pick.

    I like Gavintzu's idea of The Insurgent, if Time wanted to pick an abstract choice. There's also Kim Jong-Il, the Iranian president, George Allen (as a symbol of the Republican' downfall), Nancy Pelosi, or (and I'm only partially kidding here) Sasha Baron Cohen.





Off topic from Time, but doesn't Cave Boy Bin Laden generally make his annual saber rattling against the infidels in the West during this time period? Haven't heard anything on that front since the rumors of his death came out in September, with nothing confirming nor denying the event. Perhaps he has croaked and that is why the House of Saud is talking tough. Wouldn't surprise me in the least if the House of Saud would cut a deal with Al Qaeda with Bin Laden out of the picture.



The Horsemen DVD is 3 Discs and 9 hours. Let Us Rejoice and Sing Its Praise.
Mr. Boffo
Scrapple








Since: 24.3.02
From: Oshkosh, WI

Since last post: 264 days
Last activity: 224 days
#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
    Originally posted by Oliver
    OK, so while I appreciate the honour of being one of a billion of Time's Persons of the Year (even though I don't read the magazine)...who SHOULD have won?

W. But considering that would have been his 3rd time having it, I can see why they didn't. Another choice would have been the corrupt Republicans (Foley, DeLay, DeWine, Ney) who hurt the image of the entire party at election time.

Time does this every so often though. Looking back at their Person of the Year, they had:
The American Fighting Man in 1950
The Hungarian Freedom Fighter in 1956
US Scientists in 1960
The Generation 25 and Under in 1966
The Middle Americans in 1969
American Women in 1975
The Computer in 1982
The Endangered Earth in 1988
and The American Soldier in 2003.

Gone are the days when Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin were chosen as (at that time) Man of the Year. The last Person of the Year who was not chosen for a positive contribution was probably the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1977.
Tribal Prophet
Andouille








Since: 9.1.02
From: Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Since last post: 2 days
Last activity: 2 hours
#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.30
    Originally posted by Packman V2
    Wow. So I wouldn't have considered myself to be Time's person of the year, but I'll gladly accept the award. I just wonder, if I start to put that on resumes, if it would make any difference.


Probably not. If anything, it'll just bring up "Time Person of the Year, eh? Nah, we already got 20 of those working here now" as they pass on to the next resume...


Tribal Prophet
spf
Scrapple








Since: 2.1.02
From: The Las Vegas of Canada

Since last post: 1 day
Last activity: 1 hour
AIM:  
#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.57
This is going to look AWESOME on my business cards!

Seriously though, this is such a cop-out. If they wanted to go with the user-supplied content model, just suck it up and pick YouTube and MySpace and some other site's founders.

Personally, to me the award should have gone to Kim Jong-Il, Ahmedinijad, Nasrallah of Hezbollah, and Muqtada Al-Sadr as the people who this year not only the tone for this year, but are likely to be shaping the world for the next few years.



Now I'll never be able to lead SPF's spfers! (The W)
jfkfc
Liverwurst








Since: 9.2.02

Since last post: 214 days
Last activity: 3 days
#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.82
    Originally posted by Packman V2
    I just wonder, if I start to put that on resumes, if it would make any difference.
I'd like to hear how that goes - I am almost thinking about sending one resume, somewhere, just to see if it's picked out at all. Then again, when I think about how I am a co-winner with Isiah Thomas, the lady who microwaved her infant, and the guy that claimed to have killed Jon-Benet Ramsey, I become reluctant...
Guru Zim
SQL Dejection
Administrator








Since: 9.12.01
From: Bay City, OR

Since last post: 23 hours
Last activity: 4 hours
AIM:  
#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
Technically all Baby boomers have been man of the year twice.

No wonder they are so full of themselves.




Sign up for Folding@Home and join our team. PM me for details.

Ignorance is bliss for you, hell for me.
Peter The Hegemon
Lap cheong








Since: 11.2.03
From: Hackettstown, NJ

Since last post: 2 days
Last activity: 2 hours
#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.28
I would probably have gone with Kim Jong-Il, but as Mr. Boffo says, they're scared to give it to anyone negative. When they didn't give it to Osama in 2001, they really tacitly admitted that they wouldn't ever give it to someone bad, no matter how obvious it was that they had affected the course of world events more than anyone else.

Given that, though, they could have made the same point in a much less lame way by giving it to the founders of YouTube.

(edited by Peter The Hegemon on 19.12.06 1507)
General Zod
Italian








Since: 1.10.05
From: Mesa, Arizona

Since last post: 651 days
Last activity: 7 hours
#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.23
That really is stupid. A total copout. Osama bin Laden should have been Person of the Year in 2001 and there are plenty of good choices for this year. Kim Jong-Il probably would have been my call. Although the idea of "the Insurgent" is a good one.




Keep it Funky!
Deputy Marshall
Liverwurst








Since: 28.6.04
From: Troy, NY

Since last post: 253 days
Last activity: 94 days
#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.38
As obnoxious of a cop-out as this is, I think I'm more annoyed by this choice just because I find most bloggers, video bloggers, internet columnists, etcetera to be irritating, pretentious, deluded buffoons whose exaggerated sense of self-importance borders on self-parody.

So...yeah. I'm willing to accept that each soldier serving in the Armed Forces is making an impact on world affairs and/or the day to day life of us as Americans. I don't think I can say the same about some tubby bastard Googling soft porn and recording himself re-enacting SNL skits with his chronically unfunny friends.



Suggested Purchase of the Week
"Lullabies to Paralyze" by Queens of the Stone Age (audio CD) (The W at Amazon)


The Collected Works of K. Michael Marshall
TheBucsFan
TheChiefsFan








Since: 2.1.02

Since last post: 22 days
Last activity: 9 days
#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.26
    Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
    As obnoxious of a cop-out as this is, I think I'm more annoyed by this choice just because I find most bloggers, video bloggers, internet columnists, etcetera to be irritating, pretentious, deluded buffoons whose exaggerated sense of self-importance borders on self-parody.

    So...yeah. I'm willing to accept that each soldier serving in the Armed Forces is making an impact on world affairs and/or the day to day life of us as Americans. I don't think I can say the same about some tubby bastard Googling soft porn and recording himself re-enacting SNL skits with his chronically unfunny friends.


If each individual soldier is having an impact, than so is each individual Internet user. I think the Internet reaches more people and is a bit more indicative of world culture than dropping some bombs. But there are those who would like dropping bombs to BE world culture, so I guess maybe you just want the magazine to cater to them.

And this isn't to say I missed your point - namely, that you think you, on the evolutionary scale, are light years ahead of "some tubby bastard Googling soft porn and recording himself re-enacting SNL skits with his chronically unfunny friends." Congratulations?
Deputy Marshall
Liverwurst








Since: 28.6.04
From: Troy, NY

Since last post: 253 days
Last activity: 94 days
#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.40
    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
    If each individual soldier is having an impact, than so is each individual Internet user. I think the Internet reaches more people and is a bit more indicative of world culture than dropping some bombs. But there are those who would like dropping bombs to BE world culture, so I guess maybe you just want the magazine to cater to them.

A soldier makes a commitment and potential sacrifice. The same cannot be said for each and every person with an internet connection.

You're mistaken if you're trying to pigeon-hole me as a hawk. I want a magazine that's giving an award that's supposed to name somebody who had the greatest impact on our world to...you know, actually do it. Rather than say "it's you! It's everybody! You're such a wonderful blogger and video watcher!" I still think that even naming a large group (i.e. "The American Soldier") as person (singular) of the year was a bit of a cop out, but it was at least an understandable cop-out in my eyes.

    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
    And this isn't to say I missed your point - namely, that you think you, on the evolutionary scale, are light years ahead of "some tubby bastard Googling soft porn and recording himself re-enacting SNL skits with his chronically unfunny friends." Congratulations?

I'll admit I was out of line and overly smarmy with that statement, but c'mon. You're going to tell me that the average internet user, which is - well, everyone - is going to make more of an impact on the global community than someone serving in the United States military?

Don't misinterpret what I'm saying (again) - I'm not trying to set you up so that you say something that could be somehow misconstrued as derogatory towards military personnel, nor am I saying that every single American soldier is a virtuous individual just because s/he is in the military, but at least looking at it as a whole you can say that yes, the men and women of the military are making a deep commitment and sacrifice regardless of whether or not you agree with the Administration's foreign policy (which I don't). I refuse, however, to acknowledge that a person is doing anything even remotely as important just by going on the internet. Sorry if that offends.

(edited by Deputy Marshall on 22.12.06 0104)

Suggested Purchase of the Week
"Lullabies to Paralyze" by Queens of the Stone Age (audio CD) (The W at Amazon)


The Collected Works of K. Michael Marshall
Thread rated: 5.19
Pages: 1
Thread ahead: Gerald Ford, Dead at 93
Next thread: Airport chaos
Previous thread: Canadians! Your new Liberal leader: Stéphane Dion
(501 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
I'm reading a book now about the runup to World War II. In 1938, when Chamberlain was talking to Hitler. Edouard Deladier was faced with three options as Prime Minister of France. 1) Doing nothing 2) Appeasement 3)
The W - Current Events & Politics - Time Magazine Person of the YearRegister and log in to post!

The W™ message board

ZimBoard
©2001-2014 Brothers Zim

This old hunk of junk rendered your page in 0.328 seconds.