If you haven’t already heard, Mark Zuckerberg has been named as Time’s Person of the Year (POTY). How is it that a man who has accomplished relatively little in comparison to previous POTY like Henry Kissinger, Pope John Paul II, and Rudolph Giuliani, deserves this award? If you ask me, this is as ill-conceived as the Nobel Committee giving the Peace Prize to Barack Obama. This from Laura T. Coffey at USAToday.com.
…“It’s something that is transforming the way we live our lives every day,” Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel said as he announced the magazine’s 2010 selection live on TODAY Wednesday. “It’s social engineering, changing the way we relate to each other.”
If you regularly use a computer and interact even minimally with Facebook, you may feel as though you already know the 26-year-old Zuckerberg. And maybe you’ve seen the acclaimed movie “The Social Network,” which portrays Zuckerberg as socially stunted, calculating and arrogant. But Stengel told TODAY’s Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira that there’s more to the multibillionaire CEO.
“He’s very affable, he’s in the moment, he’s quick-witted,” Stengel said, but “he has this thing when he gets on camera” and becomes suddenly shy.
Stengel said Zuckerberg stands out for accomplishing something that’s never been done before: connecting millions of people and mapping the social relations among them…
As Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey pointed out, if the justification for this award is the impact of Facebook, than Time is two years late. This year’s pick for POTY is mostly likely due to the popularity of the recent movie, “The Social Network,” but is that enough to justify this choice? Even in comparison to other potential nominees, the Tea Party which has dominated the American political landscape for the last year, and Julian Assange who has dominated headlines with the leaking of sensitive documents through WikiLeaks, this Zuckerberg’s accomplishment isn’t that impressive. “Connecting millions of people and mapping the social relations among them”? I could spend a blog post debating this point, but all I will say is that it isn’t, in my opinion, a good reason to bestow such an honour.
To tell the truth, only one member of my immediate family uses Facebook. The rest of us had been signed up by someone else and have, for the most part, abandoned our respective pages. Returning to what Ed Morrissey said, Facebook is, more or less, a time suck. If making money and wasting time was enough to win this award, why hasn’t Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Nintendo’s Mario won the award? He has been on other Time magazine lists, but has yet to receive this honour. Miyamoto’s creation, which spawned a multi-billion dollar industry, has arguably had a far greater impact on our everyday lives than Mark Zuckerberg’s ever will.
Once again, this does appear ill-conceived. It’s a real shame as Time’s Person of the Year, like the Nobel Peace Prize, used to mean something.
UPDATE: Cassy Fiano at Hot Air’s Green Room posted out the Mark Zuckerberg pick for Time’s Person of the Year. Guess who was behind such a ill-conceived pick? Meghan McCain.
…I was one of the people on Time’s panel to nominate and argue over who was most deserving of the title. My two choices were the Tea Party and Mark Zuckerberg. The Time panel consisted of myself, Joe Trippi, Google’s Marissa Miller (who petitioned hard for Steve Job’s to be considered for person of the year), Wyclef Jean, and the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement Daisy Khan. Everyone chose both interesting and year poignant candidates. Other notable people that were discussed were Nancy Pelosi, Glenn Beck and the country of Haiti…
…Time’s choice is like the man himself, innovative and controversial. The “Person of the Year” is an illusive title that has historically showcased, for better or worse, the individual who has had the most distinctive impact on the previous year. In 2010 Facebook hit its five hundred millionth member. A feat no social network has ever achieved before. David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s The Social Network was also released to both commercial and critical acclaim. Mark Zuckerberg has become the first true millenial rockstar, and he is ushering in a completely new era.
At the end of the day, Mark Zuckerberg really is the most forward thinking and relevant candidate, even beating Julian Assange and the Tea Party. He transcends all of these people and, dare I say, even countries because all of these subjects are more than likely be read about, discussed, and debated via users on—where else?—Facebook. I believe that Mark Zuckerberg is the Henry Ford of our times and Facebook is the Model-T…
As Cassy points out, not only is the comparison between Zuckerberg and Henry Ford nonsensical, but this twit fulfills the blonde stereotype by misspelling Steve Jobs’ name. If anything, the fact that Meghan McCain was even part of a panel to decide this year’s POTY demonstrates just how insignificant the award has become. Matter of fact, this entire panel sounds detached from recent events. Why would Marissa Miller recommend Apple’s CEO? Is the release of the iPad really worth a nomination for this award?
So there you have it. The world’s largest weekly newsmagazine is incapable of putting together a reasonable group of individuals to pick this year’s winner… Pathetic…