Time Magazine The Protester

December 15, 2011 by staff 

Time Magazine The Protester, This year Time Magazine’s “Person Of the Year” honor went to millions of people: “The Protesters.” The text on the cover read “From Arab Spring to Athens, From Occupy Wall Street to Moscow.” The choice was a controversial move, as many were put in mind of the 2006 Person Of the Year: “You.” Some felt that it was another generalizing cop-out by Time (“So… it’s me again, minus the mirror,” tweeted New York Times journalist J. David Goodman) and that a single person — or at least a single movement — should have been put front and center.

Time’s online poll revealed that the person whom most visitors wanted to be Person Of the Year was the same person almost as many other people thought was least deserving — Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey. Other candidates up for consideration: the “1%,” TV star Kim Kardashian, Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, Kate Middleton, and President Barack Obama (it would have been his second such honor). Several opinion pieces popped up immediately after the announcement, declaring preference for disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn, or Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist, or yet another candidate up for consideration.

Brian Kilmeade, on Fox and Friends, expressed disgust at the equation of the Wall Street protesters and the Egyptian activists, expressing his preference for other candidates such as Steve Jobs, Gabrielle Giffords, or SEAL Team Six (the Marines unit which killed Osama bin Laden).

This year happened to be a particularly exciting year, and every one of the 31 candidates on the Time website was someone who would have made an interesting cover story; however, this year was, truly, and rightly the year of the protester.

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