I guess the fine people at Time still haven’t learned that the word “person” refers to a single, individual human being. Last year they named Bill & Melinda Gates and Bono the “person of the year” and this year, it’s you. That’s right, Time says you are the person of the year for 2006:
The “Great Man” theory of history is usually attributed to the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that “the history of the world is but the biography of great men.” He believed that it is the few, the powerful and the famous who shape our collective destiny as a species. That theory took a serious beating this year.
All joking aside, there’s a certain appeal to naming “you” the person of the year. I mean, it was a big year for that dreaded phrase – user generated content. And like it or not, some of the biggest stories of the year were a result of individuals expressing themselves on the web. Everything from videos at YouTube, to profiles at MySpace, citizen news around the web, podcasting, and of course, blogging.
Though Time has been naming a “person of the year” since 1927, this year’s cover is sure to be one of the most interesting:
The magazine has put a mirror on the cover of its “Person of the Year” issue, released on Monday, “because it literally reflects the idea that you, not us, are transforming the Information Age,” Editor Richard Stengel said in a statement.
So congratulations to you!