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Time Person Of The Year 2011: Reactions

In Which People Bemoan The Lack Of Steve Jobs-ness In The Award

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Time Person Of The Year 2011: Reactions
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Time Magazine revealed this morning its choice to be Person Of The Year, the honor they give to the person, whether literal or abstract, to be the most influence over the course of events in the past year. This year’s honor was awarded to…

The Protester!

It’s not the first time that Time has given the title to someone other than a specific, proper person (that 2006 award to “You” as the Person of the Year still sticks in my craw), but of course this decision – as with just about any list you’re likely to find in this end-of-year times – at once ruffled some feathers and pleased many. Reactions on Twitter ranged from indignant to celebratory, some tongue-in-cheek (maybe?) self-congratulations, humorous, and disbelief that a certain recently deceased inventor was passed over for the award. Interesting, too, is that most people want to spell protester as “protestor” (myself included).

Here’s a sample of what you’ll find on Twitter today regarding the Person of the Year:

Breaking: “Protesters” named Time Magazine Persons of the Year; SEAL Team 6 not available for comment 45 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

I’d like to protest vociferously at @TIME magazine’s Person Of The Year choice. 3 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Time Magazine’s Person of the Year is… “The Protestor”. Knowing him, I don’t think he’ll be happy about it. 3 hours ago via Twitter for iPad · powered by @socialditto

Our protesters are among the person of the year in Time magazine 3 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Thank you, Time Magazine, for naming me Person of the Year. Every morning I protest that my wife won’t make waffles 27 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

TIME’s Person of the Year is “The Protester.” Runner-up was ‘The Paid-in-Full Subscriber.” 21 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Do the status-quo defenders protesting TIME for making The Protestor Person of the Year realize that it includes them too? 24 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

BREAKING: Fox News Names Pepper Spray Person of the Year 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

The Protestor is Time Magazine’s person of the year? They picked someone that has no clear point of view,damages property, & doesn’t shower! 9 minutes ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

The year of the protester! RT @TIME The 2011 Person of the Year is The Protester http://t.co/GrVtWXv0 #POY2011 10 minutes ago via HootSuite · powered by @socialditto

Better than their “YOU” choice a few years ago. RT @verdepr: ‘The Protester’ is named @TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year… 11 minutes ago via HootSuite · powered by @socialditto

funny how ppl are taking Time Person of Year “the protester” as only an occupy thing, when Arab Spring protesters toppled governments 4 minutes ago via CoTweet · powered by @socialditto

Steve Jobs loses to ‘The Protester’ as Time’s 2011 Person of the Year: Time magazine announced on Wednesday its … http://t.co/VasMfJOa 22 minutes ago via twitterfeed · powered by @socialditto

Why Steve Jobs isn’t @Time’s Person of the Year http://t.co/sOnz6SID 59 minutes ago via HootSuite · powered by @socialditto

Sad indication of our society. RT @AppleInsider Steve Jobs loses to ‘The Protester’ as Time’s 2011 Person of the Year http://t.co/2j0xMPWn 44 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Honestly, the fact that so many people seem to think that the most important thing Steve Jobs did this year – dying! – positioned him to be honored as Person of the Year is an insult to the legacy of a man that those very same people have beatified since his death. Saint Jobs did a lot of innovative things and changed the way we communicate, sure, but the Person of the Year isn’t Time Magazine’s fancy way of eulogizing someone important. But anyways. What do you think? Agree or disagree with the choice? Comment below.

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