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Congratulations, You Won

Posted on Dec 17, 2006
person of the year

Time announced its “person of the year” on Saturday, dissing everyone from Ahmadinejad to Pelosi in order to declare “you” the winner. Don’t you feel special? Specifically, the magazine highlighted websites including YouTube, Wikipedia and MySpace for “bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter.”


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.

And we are so ready for it. We’re ready to balance our diet of predigested news with raw feeds from Baghdad and Boston and Beijing. You can learn more about how Americans live just by looking at the backgrounds of YouTube videos—those rumpled bedrooms and toy-strewn basement rec rooms—than you could from 1,000 hours of network television.

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By Quy Tran, December 18, 2006 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment
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I’ll vote for the 3 scarecrows of our modern time. They are :GWB, Cheney, and Rumsfeld.

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By DennisD, December 18, 2006 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment
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Sorry - I don’t see how I’ve won anything. I see our country in the fast lane on the road to ruin.
Soaring trade deficits, national debt, health care costs and the devaluation of our dollar will give all but the very rich a rude awakening in the near future. The rich are getting richer than ever. The poor are getting poorer and the middle class is on it’s way to joining the poor at warp speed.
The Washington D.C. establishment has never been more entrenched, never more corrupt and self serving and never more likely to change no matter who’s elected.
In the end it is about each one of us that gives a damn to take our country back by whatever means necessary.
Our political establishment regardless of party has betrayed the trust the people have placed in them. WE the people are the ones who must hold them accountable since they will never do it by themselves. The vote alone is no longer enough for change.

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By RS Janes, December 18, 2006 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment
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Well, this is just great! Will we all be flown to NYC at Time’s expense to accept the award, or will they just mail the little plastic statuettes to us individually?

Next year, Time can make ‘Them’ Person of the Year followed, perhaps, by ‘Your Mother’ and other relatives in descending order of importance.

If the aliens (space version) ever unleash the death ray and incinerate the human race, one of their prime reasons, no doubt, will be the descent of Time magazine into irrelevant fluff and useless frippery—and cover portraits of Ann Coulter.

BTW, Dr. Knowitall, as they say in the Internets code, LOL!

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By veet240, December 18, 2006 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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The people of the world had better be ready to protect their right to a free and open internet.

There are signs that many “Leaders” in America would like to control the content of the web. What they really mean is, they want to keep you from being able to state your views or watch the views of others. It’s pretty simple to control the “Media”. Not so simple to control us from our living rooms.

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By kathy sullivan, December 18, 2006 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment
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horrah for us!!!  but there is one more thing that must be done.  the widows of 9/11 are very frustrated that people are not looking at the evidence of 9/11; the culpability of our own government.  please see:  9/11:  press for truth by the jersey girls at:     thanks.

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By jkoch, December 18, 2006 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment
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TIME editors had to scotch naming their favoritys, Karl Rove or Don Rumsfeld, after the November elections set back the GOP.  The choice of Jack Abramoff would have been salt in the wound.  Nancy Peolosi is not anyone they want to publicize.  Ahmadinejad declined to give an interview.  Tony Snow warned the editors against picking Iraqi PM al-Makiki, for fear he might do something off script or embarrass W. So TIME decided to punt and give readers something either to laugh or feel good about.  It is also good to convince the average Joe or Jane that they are masters of the age so there will be no grumblings about loss of health insurance, pensions, or living wages.  All are to think they are the next Gates, Trump, or Murdoch, with only the evils of government and taxes standing in the way.

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By Bush created a "class warfare in the USA", December 18, 2006 at 10:29 am Link to this comment
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Great “mission accomplishment” of these clowns in the white house!
Poverty for All the Rest!
Fat Cats 2007—Better Watch Your Back

Katrina vanden Heuvel
Sun Dec 17,

The Nation—“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”  — 
    Warren Buffett

The divide between rich and poor in America has never been greater. And Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs just widened that divide. The firm is lavishing its bankers, traders and stockbrokers with more than $16.5 billion in end-of-year bonus loot—the most ever doled out by a Wall Street firm.

Most of the Wall Street trading houses had a profitable year , but Goldman’s was spectacular—or, rather, obscenely spectacular: Its profits climbed 70 percent to $9.5 billion, up from $5.6 billion last year.

The fattest of Goldman Sachs’s fat cats are reported to be hauling in a cool $25 million each. (And some reports say that at least 25 of its “hottest” managers will each take home $100 million bonuses.)

These are times when the combined wealth of the 400 richest Americans (see the 2006 Forbes 400 list)—a record-breaking $1.25 trillion—is about the same cumulative wealth of half the US population, numbering 57 million households.

These are also times that cry out for smart, big and bold economic policies—ones that can save America’s democracy before it tips, forever, into plutocracy. Right now, it teeters on the edge.

In 2007 The Nation will launch a series—laying out the “first principles” of a bold alternative economic policy. Our focus: building a full employment economy; debunking the obsession with deficit reduction—in favor of a wise and massive public investment in our decaying public infrastructure; crafting an internationalist fair trade agenda for the 21st century, and much more.

But for now, and In the holiday spirit, let me propose that Goldman Sachs consider making the following holiday gift: Sponsor a “Wall Street Fairness Tax.” Tell Robert Rubin about it. Convince him that in this populist moment, economic royalists—ones Franklin Roosevelt would have thrown out of DC—would be wise to watch their back.

The details of such a tax can be found at Jonathan Tasini’s smart web column, “Working in America” on Essentially it would be 0.25 percent of the value of a stock trade—or, and this is my suggestion, a similar percentage of one of Goldman Sachs’s investment deals. This tax would generate significant revenues—revenues which could be used for either a tax cut for middle or lower-income people or for desperately needed domestic programs. (I welcome hearing from economists, citizens and activists who have innovative ideas about value-added elements of such a Wall Street Fairness Tax.)

For the fat cats of Goldman Sachs, this holiday, the question couldn’t be clearer: Are you defenders of plutocracy—or democracy?

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By Dr, Knowitall, PhD,PhD, December 18, 2006 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
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Given the accelerating deterioration in the condition of the world during this Information Age, one might think your “award” to be disingenuous.  As for me, if I had had this recognition about four decades ago, when it could have made a real difference in my life, I might not have turned out to be an old fart curmudgeon.  It helps a little knowing the countless politicians, world leaders, celebs, philanthropists, rich, and other important people you finally passed over in order to make me a co-recipient.  Thanks, Time.

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By Stephen Smoliar, December 18, 2006 at 6:50 am Link to this comment
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I stopped reading TIME back when they ran an extended profile of the Shah of Iran, describing how he had everything under control.  This article ran only a couple of months before the fall of his regime.  These guys have a long-standing reputation for missing the message;  so it is no surprise that they are now drinking the Kool-Aid of the latest bubble to come out of Silicon Valley.  I suppose the real world is just “too much with them,” along with everyone else to tries to lock it out by plugging in iPod ear buds, staying in constant conversation of a cell phone (usually while trying to negotiate traffic), and now depearately seeking company in Second Life.  To reflect a past TIME absurdity, the cover they should have run should have consisted of the question:  “Is reality dead?”

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By mite, December 18, 2006 at 2:09 am Link to this comment
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Well I thank you AOL/Time Warner for honoring you.

With the Military Commission Act 2006, the Patriot Act’s 1 & 2, and the final operations for full U.S. Army readiness for total military takeover of America along with the North American Union, I would say this honor as person of the year fits all citizens of the U.S.

We live in denial and have our feelings, lives controlled by you the media as we continue to accept fascism and dictatorship feeling this democratic Congress will make our feelings more enjoyable until we are sitting in the concentration camps like Nazi Germany.

My personal vote goes to two individuals for their battle for truth; Alex Jones and Aaron Russo both exposing the truth through films of fact.

Unlike regular media these individuals also offer their films for free on Google, but hurry up who knows when the Gestopo will edit them from the Internet.

also try on Google `loose change’.

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By kincaid, December 17, 2006 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment
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time did a good job

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By lawlessone, December 17, 2006 at 7:30 pm Link to this comment
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Well, if I’m person of the year, the first thing I want to tell the Prez and the Press from my elevated status is Get the hell Out of Iraq.  Now, not later!

The second thing is that I want an alternate energy program so we won’t keep getting mired there.  I realize we cannot get wind, wave, solar, etc Now as I would like, but a conservation program can go into effect in the meantime with a huge tax on oil companies.  Starting Now!

The third thing is that I want some accountability for incompetence as well as corruption.  And that means the Prez, all those working for him, all those who were too weak to stop him and all the Press that was too gutless, lazy, scared or ignorant. 

Since I only have a year to be the so-called “Person of the Year,” I want these things to get underway Now!

[more irreverencies at]

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By James, December 17, 2006 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment
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This is just lame.  And everyone wonders why the mainstream media is going down the toilet….

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By Eleanore Kjellberg, December 17, 2006 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment
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“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”

If Time Magazine really believes the above, they should present continuous articles in their magazine championing the cause of “internet neutrality.”

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