Author Topic: Time's Person of the Year Always Drives Me Nuts  (Read 361 times)

Offline Innocent Smith

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Time's Person of the Year Always Drives Me Nuts
« on: December 11, 2018, 06:54:26 PM »
Is there a better bellwether of the mass stupidity of those on planet earth than this yearly announcement?

First off who gives a hoot what the editorial board of this rag happens to think? All this happens to be is brand identity. Like a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in a styrofoam box. Yet people seem to think something, or someone, as important as God has spoken.

I'm not going to even mention who was named as it is immaterial to my point. It was something like Guardians of the Galaxy.

Here are some choice, and I mean choice, comments from the first 10 I looked at from the Yahoo story.

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We all have our own opinions of who the person/persons of the year should be. Personally, I would rather see a "person of the year" be someone who has overcome hardship, who has been a good role model, someone who has made an advancement in the treatment of medical science etc.

Thanks for letting us know, Bam.

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Time magazine has also named Adolf Hitler (1938), Joseph Stalin (1939 and 1942), Nikita Khrushchev (1957) and Ayatollah Khomeini (1979) to the title.

This is said in the spirit of negating the award. Is it an award? Actually, naming these individuals at least worked according to the so-called criteria. To name the most newsworthy person of the year.

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Thank God for freedom of the press, whether I agree with views or not.

Where to begin?

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Freedom of the press is one of the keystones of democracy. One should remember the fortune of living the in the US.

Holy cow is that syrupy. This clown probably graduated from the Ivy League.
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Offline Quaremerepulisti

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Re: Time's Person of the Year Always Drives Me Nuts
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2018, 08:43:04 AM »
Is there a better bellwether of the mass stupidity of those on planet earth than this yearly announcement?

You started with an a priori presupposition of the mass stupidity of those on planet earth, then searched for evidence in support.  So no big surprise you found it.

Of course, you're different, not as stupid as everyone else, right?
 

Offline The Harlequin King

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Re: Time's Person of the Year Always Drives Me Nuts
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2018, 11:05:37 AM »
TIME's "Person of the Year" does its job: it sells magazines and generates discussion. After all, we are talking about it here.

As you said, the title is given to the most newsworthy person or group of people of the preceding year. It's not meant to be an honorific.
 
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Offline Prayerful

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Re: Time's Person of the Year Always Drives Me Nuts
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2018, 05:46:38 PM »
Many of its past choices were not exactly morally good men or women, but really did make the weather. Time these days is surely more of an historical curiosity, a sort of relic.
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Re: Time's Person of the Year Always Drives Me Nuts
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2018, 05:31:09 PM »
I think it's actually important. It shows us who thew oligarchs are interested in giving their stamp of approval, and for that reason it shows us who we need to be careful of. It's actually quite helpful, IMO.