- Time Person of the Year
Person of the Year (formerly Man of the Year) is an annual issue of the United States newsmagazine Time that features and profiles a person, couple, group, idea, place, or machine that "for better or for worse, ...has done the most to influence the events of the year."
The tradition of selecting a Man of the Year began in 1927, with Time editors contemplating newsworthy stories possible during a slow news week. The idea was also an attempt to remedy the editorial embarrassment earlier that year for not having aviator Charles Lindbergh on its cover following his historic trans-Atlantic flight. By the end of the year, it was decided that a cover story featuring Lindbergh as the Man of the Year would serve both purposes.
Since then, individual people, classes of people, the computer, and Planet Earth have all been selected for the special year-end issue. In 1999, the title was changed to Person of the Year. However, the only women to win the renamed recognition as an individual so far were those recognized as The Whistleblowers (2002) and Melinda Gates (jointly with Bill Gates and Bono in 2005). Before that, four women were granted the title as individuals, adapted as Woman of the Year — Wallis Simpson in 1936, Soong May-ling (Madame Chiang Kai-shek) in 1937, Queen Elizabeth II in 1952, and Corazon Aquino in 1986. Several classes of people comprise both men and women or women only, namely Hungarian Freedom Fighter in 1956, "U.S. Scientists" in 1960, Twenty-Five and Under in 1966, The Middle Americans in 1969, "American Women" in 1975, "The American Soldier" in 2003, and You in 2006.
Since the list began, every serving President of the United States has been a Person of the Year at least once with the exceptions of Calvin Coolidge, in office at time of the first issue, Herbert Hoover, the next U.S. president, and Gerald Ford. Most were named Person of the Year either the year they were elected or while they were in office- the only one to be given the title before being elected is Dwight D. Eisenhower, who won it in 1944, 8 years before his election. He subsequently won the title again in 1959, while in office.
Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only person to have received the title 3 times - in 1932, 1934 and 1941.
Despite the magazine's frequent statements to the contrary, the designation is often regarded as an honor, and spoken of as an award or prize, simply based on many previous selections of admirable people. However Time magazine points out those such as Adolf Hitler in 1938, and Joseph Stalin in 1939 and again in 1942, and the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, have also been granted the title.
As a result of the public backlash it received from the United States for naming the Ayatollah Khomeini Man of the Year in 1979, Time has shied away from using figures that are controversial in the United States. Time's Person of the Year 2001—immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks—was New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, although the stated rules of selection, the individual or group of individuals who have had the biggest effect on the year's news, made Osama bin Laden a more likely choice. The issue that declared Giuliani the Person of the Year included an article that mentioned Time's earlier decision to elect the Ayatollah Khomeini and the 1999 rejection of Hitler as Person of the Century. The article seemed to imply that Osama bin Laden was a stronger candidate than Giuliani, as Adolf Hitler was a stronger candidate than Albert Einstein. The selections were ultimately based on what the magazine describes as who they believed had a stronger influence on history.
Another criticized choice was the 2006 selection of "You", representing most if not all people for advancing the information age by using the Internet (via e.g. blogs, YouTube, MySpace and Wikipedia).
Persons of the Year
- Canadian Newsmaker of the Year (Time), the magazine's equivalent for Canadians only
- ^ Person of the Year: 75th Anniversary Celebration (Special Collector's Edition ed.). New York: Time Books. 2002. OCLC 52817840.
- ^ Time (2002) p. 1.
- ^ First "Person" of the Year (rather than "Man" of the Year) is Jeff Bezos of amazon.com.
- ^ Golden, Frederic (3 January 2000). "Person of the Century: Albert Einstein". Time. http://www.time.com/time/time100/poc/magazine/albert_einstein5a.htm. Retrieved 2008–02–13.
- ^ Time (2002) pp. 2, 79.
- ^ Time (2002) p. 79.
- ^ "TIME.com - Person of the Year 2006 - Who Will It Be?". Time. 2006–11–13. http://www.time.com/time/personoftheyear/2006/walkup/. Retrieved 2010–05–25.
- ^ Larsen, Roy (January 5, 1970). "A Letter From The Publisher". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,943108,00.html#ixzz1EiZ91J8D.
- ^ Lev Grossman (13 December 2006). "Time's Person of the Year: You". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1569514,00.html. Retrieved 2008–02–14.
- ^ "Person of the Year 2007". Time. 2007. http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/0,28757,1690753,00.html. Retrieved 2009–07–08.
- ^ "Person of the Year 2008". Time. 2008–12–17. http://www.time.com/time/specials/2008/personoftheyear/article/0,31682,1861543_1865068,00.html?cnn=yes. Retrieved 2008–12–17.
- ^ Grunwald, Michael (16 December 2009). "Person of the Year 2009". Time. http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1946375_1947251,00.html. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
- ^ Grossman, Lev (15 December 2010). "Person of the Year 2010". Time. http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2036683_2037183,00.html. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
- TIME's Person of the Year: All 84! - slideshow by Life magazine
- "Time's Person of the Year 1927–2008". Time. 2008. http://www.time.com/time/coverspoy/. (Link is broken as of 11/10/2011)
- Richard Stengel (19 December 2007) (Video). Time's Person of the Year. Interview with Meredith Viera. David Gregory. Today Show. NBC. New York. http://test.redlasso.com/service/svc/clip/playClip?fid=c9f7cad3-c318-4ffd-89c2-ab179f6c59b1.
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