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TIME Person of the Year: The Protester


TIME has declared "The Protester" its 'Person of the Year' for 2011:

"No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in a public square, it would incite protests that would topple dictators and start a global wave of dissent. In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice their complaints; they changed the world."

Kurt Anderson talks about the choice, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "They changed the world," eh? Not so fast. The iron fist of corporate power and other varieties of fascism still have the police and the military at their beck and call--in the US as much as anywhere. "Changed the world" seems a premature prognostication to me. OWS people are still being beat up all over America; and in Syria...

    Posted by: Danny | Dec 14, 2011 8:28:43 AM

  2. TIME should have chosen, after his death, Steve Jobs.

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 14, 2011 8:40:17 AM

  3. cool

    I did the TIME poll and it was strange ranking 1 set of protesters over the other

    OWS, Arab Spring, etc

    and all were polling very high so it is cool the TIME editors just did an amalgamation of them all as person of the year

    Posted by: say what | Dec 14, 2011 10:27:00 AM

  4. I hate when Time doesn't pick a individual human being. Remember when YOU were the Person of the Year?

    Posted by: Gregoire | Dec 14, 2011 10:33:13 AM

  5. I'm just glad the protestor isn't white, how crap would that have been?

    Posted by: Fenrox | Dec 14, 2011 10:50:56 AM

  6. Way to make the protestor look like a terrorist.

    Posted by: Steerpike | Dec 14, 2011 11:39:43 AM

  7. One of their better choices, but they can't resist the notion that person of the year equals story of the year.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 14, 2011 11:49:06 AM

  8. STEERPIKE, it looks like the protestor is wearing both a knit beanie and a face covering to symbolize OWS protestors and Arab Spring protestors. Nothing about it makes him/her look like a terrorist to me.

    Posted by: rafi | Dec 14, 2011 2:35:33 PM

  9. Another copout choice for Time. I guess there are no more honorable people in the world. At least none covered by the media.

    Posted by: Garst | Dec 15, 2011 5:16:39 AM

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