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post Dec 13 2011, 06:22 AM
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TIME will announce the person of the year on wednesday. who do you think it'll be? my thoughts:


anonymous - time loves giving it to groups, and they probably think the internet H4X0RZLOL and occupy protestors are the same people.

romney/gingrich - white people who cause a ruckus in an election year

somebody involved in the arab spring - we don't know this person's name, but time does, and they want to tell you it.

seal team six - they killed bin laden. and also they don't have a name, which gives time a boner.



who it should be?

not sure. last year the obvious answer was julian assange, but i really don't think any one person has impacted the news that substantially this year. maybe david stern? maybe tebow? maybe warren buffett?

edit - thought about it, they'll probably give it to steve jobs. damn.


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post Dec 13 2011, 11:08 AM
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If TIME gives it to Steve Jobs, I will literally never read their magazine ever again.
































...I guess that was a relatively empty threat, but still. smurf Steve Jobs.


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post Dec 13 2011, 06:51 PM
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I think the criterion is "whoever influenced the news most this year". In that case Steve Jobs would seem like a strong candidate, regardless of how you personally feel about his accomplishments.

(Can't believe I'm the one defending Steve Jobs - I'm usually the pro-Microsoft side in Microsoft vs. Apple arguments!)
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post Dec 13 2011, 08:11 PM
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it is, but recently they've been using more as an award than an accurate measure. for instance, in 2001 the obvious answer was osama bin laden, but they gave it to giuliani because they didn't want to be seen as praising him. same goes for assange and zuckerberg last year. they like to give it to people they approve of. if it were really just a "who impacted the news most" contest, the american president would win almost every year.

-thought of another possibility: cantor or boehner, for all the debt ceiling drama. or maybe that guy with that tax pledge.


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post Dec 13 2011, 08:21 PM
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I feel like this was a pretty hum-drum year in that sense. I'd say the head of the ECB would have been the most historically important man of the year, but that position changed over the course of the year.

Really, looking through the candidates they posted, I'm impressed by like, three of them. I'd probably vote for the Fukushima 50.


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post Dec 13 2011, 09:16 PM
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There was a time when a dude like Hitler could win it. Not anymore. TIME is all mainstream, now.


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post Dec 13 2011, 09:30 PM
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They did give it to Vladimir Putin in 2007. Not on the same level as Hitler, for sure, but definitely not a guy most people would consider a "good" newsmaker.
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post Dec 13 2011, 10:01 PM
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Yeah, but Putin is a badass judomaster/billionaire. I can see why people would name him man of the year.


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post Dec 14 2011, 08:45 PM
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Protesters?

Bleh. This means the Occupiers are gonna take credit for something the Middle East accomplished. Way to piggyback, asshats.


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post Dec 14 2011, 08:55 PM
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all of ^that.


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post Dec 14 2011, 09:00 PM
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Way to go, Time: make your Person of the Year an abstract concept. That's just cheating.


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post Dec 14 2011, 09:07 PM
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PotY was "You" once...abstraction isn't new for them.

Also, how blue-balled do you think TIME was when not only did we have the Arab Spring, but then the Occupy movement started, too? I'm honestly kinda shocked New York isn't coated in jism from the explosion or that there isn't just a giant crater left behind where their corporate offices once were.


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Jobs got jobbed. #OccupyTIME.


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post Dec 14 2011, 10:10 PM
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QUOTE (Widget! @ Dec 14 2011, 01:07 PM) *
PotY was "You" once...abstraction isn't new for them.

i put "time's person of the year 2006" on my application to harvard.

i, uh...i didn't get into harvard.


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post Dec 14 2011, 10:51 PM
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QUOTE (debator @ Dec 14 2011, 10:10 PM) *
QUOTE (Widget! @ Dec 14 2011, 01:07 PM) *
PotY was "You" once...abstraction isn't new for them.

i put "time's person of the year 2006" on my application to harvard.

i, uh...i didn't get into harvard.

Hell, I would have counted that in your favour for the wit alone.


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post Dec 16 2011, 07:29 PM
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Maybe it's just me, but it's not really an accomplishment if I'm sharing an award with 7 billion other people. It's like winning a participant certificate...without the certificate.

In short...

smurf you, TIME


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post Mar 1 2012, 06:08 PM
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I think Jeremy Lin's got this in the bag, guys.


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QUOTE (overly_critical_man @ Mar 1 2012, 06:08 PM) *
I think Jeremy Lin's got this in the bag, guys.

If he keeps it up. Thus far, he's just Tebow 1.1


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post Mar 1 2012, 08:38 PM
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Matt Janowski showing the world how living across an ocean can enhance one's ignorance beyond mortal comprehension.


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