Traditionally speaking, Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” award is bestowed upon those who “most affected the news and our lives this year, for good or for ill.” The recipient list leans toward individuals, but in the past, the title has also gone to groups of people and, in two unusual cases, an invention and Planet Earth. For example, CNN.com readers recently submitted this slate of potential winners of the 2006 title.
But lo and behold – and aren’t you just loving it – this year, it’s all about You! As if you didn’t already know you were Someone Special, Time just rolled out a red-carpet tribute to You, 2006 Person of the Year.
Here, a small snippet of the ego-stroking article:
“[W]ho actually sits down after a long day at work and says, I’m not going to watch Lost tonight. I’m going to turn on my computer and make a movie starring my pet iguana? I’m going to mash up 50 Cent’s vocals with Queen’s instrumentals? I’m going to blog about my state of mind or the state of the nation or the steak-frites at the new bistro down the street? Who has that time and that energy and that passion?
The answer is, you do. And for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, Time’s Person of the Year for 2006 is you.“
Take a long, admiring look at yourself in the mirrored cover of the magazine, and then go buy yourself a bottle of champagne and a runway-worthy outfit. Let this serve as your e-vite: we’re having a party to celebrate You!