Last year, Time magazine named Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as the Person of the Year for 2010. This year, Time magazine has decided to name a collective “person” the Person of the Year for 2011. Instead of choosing one singular person for one singular event, Time has decided that this year’s Person of the Year title should be shared by a group of people … who span the globe. From the Middle East to the marbled steps of Wall Street, the Time magazine Person of the Year was EVERYWHERE this year. Click below to find out who has been named the 2011 Time magazine Person of the Year.
Time magazine has named “The Protester” as its Person of the Year for 2011, citing a worldwide outburst of people-power from Tunisia to Moscow to Wall Street. “A year after a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself ablaze, dissent has spread across the Middle East, to Europe and the U.S., reshaping global politics and redefining people power,” the magazine says.
An excerpt: It’s remarkable how much the protest vanguards share. Everywhere they are disproportionately young, middle class and educated. Almost all the protests this year began as independent affairs, without much encouragement from or endorsement by existing political parties or opposition bigwigs. All over the world, the protesters of 2011 share a belief that their countries’ political systems and economies have grown dysfunctional and corrupt — sham democracies rigged to favor the rich and powerful and prevent significant change.
Runner-ups: Adm. William McRaven, head of the Joint Special Operations Command; Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei; Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; and Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William. Time’s “Person of the Year” is the person or thing that the magazine feels has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year, for good or for ill. Last year the magazine picked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
I may not agree with Time magazine every year they choose their Person of the Year but I think they really got it right this time. Instead of going with a singular person, Time smartly realized that the “person” who made the most impact on 2011 was the protestor. Even now, the Occupy Wall Street movement is still in full swing (even if it has been hobbled a bit by government restriction). Everyone can identify with a protestor, whether you agree with the cause or not. Egypt was changed forever by the strength of the protestor and protestors here in the US are doing what they can to effect change as well. To be honest, I don’t know that I would’ve had the foresight to choose “the protestor” as the Person of the Year but I’m very glad that Time magazine is on the ball this year.