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Friday, 12 Nov 2004
TIME's People of the Year: Bloggers?
Yes, we do love Steve Rubel. Especially his latest idea: Bloggers Should Be TIME’s People of the Year. Here’s his reason:
"For 2004, I cannot think of a single person or persons that had a greater influence on society than the bloggers. Let’s remind them by making our voice heard. If you think about American politics, media, business - no one, no one had a greater influence for better or worse than the bloggers. Not Osama Bin Laden. Not Sadaam Hussein. Not John Kerry. No one. The bloggers absolutely deserve to be this year’s People of the Year. If you agree, then make your voice heard. Send an email to the editors of TIME and explain why the bloggers deserve to be this year’s choice. Alternately, leave a comment on this post and I will forward this link with my email."
Upside: If TIME does this, then blogging gets more press, and more people know about weblogs, which is a great thing.
Downside: Blog myopia. Why not vote for all citizen journalists? That would be a better, more accurate vote for The People of the Year. People documenting events with their digital cameras or cell phone cameras; alerting each other of events and organizing via mobile technologies and social softare tools; grassroots reporting and media watchdoging on forums and weblogs; collaborating and dissemenating news and information in altogether new ways. The media ecosystem changed profoundly this year.
Update: Time debates the person of the year
The story says: “...the frontrunners, for now, are President Bush, Bush campaign strategist Karl Rove, God and Jesus Christ.” However, during a Time mag lunch, “...attendees suggested such eclectic choices as The Terrorist, The Conflicted Voter, The Undecided Voter, filmmakers Mel Gibson and Michael Moore, Fox News, architect Roger Ailes, The Red States, Bloggers, The Religious Right, “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, Google’s founders, and The 9/11 Commission. Andrew Sullivan was at the luncheon and dishes about it on his weblog. According to Reuter’s article, ‘another proposed entity for 2004 was “The Blogosphere”’ (not bloggers).
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