Time Magazine has announced their 2006 Person of the Year, and it’s another one of their famous oddball choices — like past ones that have been, just within my lifetime, The Computer, 25 & Under, Middle Americans, The Earth.
So this year was another one of those, when the Person of the Year is …
Well, hey, that’s what their website said: “Person of the Year for 2006 is YOU.”
I feel so honored. I’d like to thank all the little people who made this possible.
No, but seriously: What they mean, of course, is the the person of the year is “you”, meaning individuals, especially all those who make use of the latest technologies to create and participate. Here’s a blurb:
But look at 2006 through a different lens and you’ll see another story, one that isn’t about conflict or great men. It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes. […] We made Facebook profiles and Second Life avatars and reviewed books at Amazon and recorded podcasts. We blogged about our candidates losing and wrote songs about getting dumped. We camcordered bombing runs and built open-source software.
And it occurred to me that, well, a lot of the article applies to me.
Blogging? That’s me, for right at four years now.
YouTube? I’ve done that too, both animation and directing a video contest entry, as well as other stuff like making a psychedelic light show. I’ve got several other video projects in the works.
MySpace? Check. And bonus points for the fact that I don’t use it to go trolling for dates, under-age or otherwise.
Avatars? Not in Second Life, but in Everquest and Everquest II and the There beta, all of which pre-date Second Life.
Wikipedia? Another check. I’ve lost count of have many entries I’ve edited, including a few where I forgot to sign in first (d’oh!) and thus don’t get the credit for.
Music mashups? Present and accounted for. I haven’t posted anything publicly yet, but it’s just a matter of time.
And the online article fails to mention Flickr, but it really should: I’ve just recently passed the 1000-photograph mark, documenting my little corner of the world.
So yes, it’s good to be Person of the Year. Do you feel it too?