Person of the Year

Time Magazine has named Russian strongman Vladimir Putin“Person of the Year.” The choice is attracting some criticism, though at least the magazine has named a, you know, person. As opposed to a computer, which they did not long ago, and what they did last time, giving EVERYBODY that honor by putting a mirror on the cover. Who would you pick?

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  • Don S

    David Petraeus

  • Don S

    David Petraeus

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Person_of_the_Year Kyralessa

    *sigh* It’s not intended to be an _honor_, though it’s widely and mistakenly perceived as such. “Person of the Year” is supposed to be the person who, for better or worse, most affected humans throughout the world that year. In 1938, Hitler was “Person of the Year”, and Stalin’s been “Person of the Year” twice.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Person_of_the_Year Kyralessa

    *sigh* It’s not intended to be an _honor_, though it’s widely and mistakenly perceived as such. “Person of the Year” is supposed to be the person who, for better or worse, most affected humans throughout the world that year. In 1938, Hitler was “Person of the Year”, and Stalin’s been “Person of the Year” twice.

  • Joe

    But even under that standard Putin did not have a huge impact on the world. The man has been in charge for a long time and nothing he did in the last year has been the different from what he has done throughout his tenure.

  • Joe

    But even under that standard Putin did not have a huge impact on the world. The man has been in charge for a long time and nothing he did in the last year has been the different from what he has done throughout his tenure.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    Joe (@3), really? Sure, it may have been the same story, only moreso, but isn’t that the case for most people named “Person of the Year”? It’s just that one year, their “same story” will outweigh the “same stories” of others.

    Certainly, Putin did more this year to crack down on the media, to strengthen his future power, and to cater influence in the part of the world we don’t consider terribly friendly. And while I realize this event likely happened well after Time went to press, you don’t think Russia’s sending uranium to Iran will have an impact on the world? Or Russia’s petroleum-based threats to its former sphere of influence? Or Putin’s seeming totalitarian ascendancy?

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    Joe (@3), really? Sure, it may have been the same story, only moreso, but isn’t that the case for most people named “Person of the Year”? It’s just that one year, their “same story” will outweigh the “same stories” of others.

    Certainly, Putin did more this year to crack down on the media, to strengthen his future power, and to cater influence in the part of the world we don’t consider terribly friendly. And while I realize this event likely happened well after Time went to press, you don’t think Russia’s sending uranium to Iran will have an impact on the world? Or Russia’s petroleum-based threats to its former sphere of influence? Or Putin’s seeming totalitarian ascendancy?

  • FW

    of course Jesus should be the person picked every year.

  • FW

    of course Jesus should be the person picked every year.

  • FW

    … or all christians……but then this happens “in a way that cannot be seen.” so….

  • FW

    … or all christians……but then this happens “in a way that cannot be seen.” so….

  • Joe

    tODD – I follow the politics of former the former Soviet bloc pretty extensively and I would say that Putin has not cracked down more on the media this year. That executed reporter was hardly the first. Russia has been using its natural gas as a weapon for over a decade and the shipment of Uranium to Iran has been publicly known scheduled event for a long time.

    Nothing has really changed there. The biggest story is that he did not cause a constitutional crises by running again. Of course he will be PM and still the puppet master.

    The only thing that changed was the level of coverage by western media. If you follow Russian, Ukrainian or Baltic media sources there is nothing new here.

    As for your suggestion, “it may have been the same story, only moreso, but isn’t that the case for most people named “Person of the Year”?” I guess I had not thought about that angle of the person of the year.

  • Joe

    tODD – I follow the politics of former the former Soviet bloc pretty extensively and I would say that Putin has not cracked down more on the media this year. That executed reporter was hardly the first. Russia has been using its natural gas as a weapon for over a decade and the shipment of Uranium to Iran has been publicly known scheduled event for a long time.

    Nothing has really changed there. The biggest story is that he did not cause a constitutional crises by running again. Of course he will be PM and still the puppet master.

    The only thing that changed was the level of coverage by western media. If you follow Russian, Ukrainian or Baltic media sources there is nothing new here.

    As for your suggestion, “it may have been the same story, only moreso, but isn’t that the case for most people named “Person of the Year”?” I guess I had not thought about that angle of the person of the year.


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