Though Pope Francis beat the whistle-blower for the title in Time magazine, Snowden’s story remains one of the most influential of 2013; the Russian government will set up protest zones at the Sochi Winter Olympics; and Instagramming every moment may be altering your memory. These discoveries and more below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
REVEALED: The Person of the Year Is Edward Snowden
As you know, ever since 1927 Slate’s Moneybox column has annually designated a “Man of The Year,” with the title changed in 1999 to “Person” of the year but in practice it’s almost always a man because patriarchy.