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(Starpulse)   Now TIME must make the difficult decision for its Person of the Year: A comedic pundit who lifted the curtain on SuperPACs, or a guy who started a dance craze   (starpulse.com) divider line 91
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2012-11-28 10:48:21 AM
You mean Pat Paulsen and the Macarena guy?
 
2012-11-28 11:02:15 AM
Why not both?
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2012-11-28 11:11:47 AM
I'd actually be okay with either.
 
2012-11-28 11:38:55 AM
Grover Norquist, Time's Subhuman of the Year.
 
2012-11-28 11:41:20 AM
...as well as dissident Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei and Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by Taliban extremists who disagreed with her equal rights beliefs.

I would applaud either choice.
 
2012-11-28 11:42:40 AM

vartian: ...as well as dissident Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei and Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by Taliban extremists who disagreed with her equal rights beliefs.

I would applaud either choice.


I like both of those choices as well, but how can we take Time seriously if they are also considering E.L. James?
 
2012-11-28 11:45:14 AM
Colbert is many things - a pundit is not one of them.
 
2012-11-28 11:48:22 AM
I vote for the Mars rover.
 
2012-11-28 11:49:28 AM

cgraves67: I like both of those choices as well, but how can we take Time seriously if they are also considering E.L. James?


"Person of the Year" a bit of a nebulous title - and while I would want the tone of the candidates to be more serious, I guess it really just comes down to who Time thinks was the most influential this year. It would be hard to argue against Psy or E.L. James as far as their wide-reaching pop culture impact, however brief.
 
2012-11-28 11:51:28 AM

Khellendros: Colbert is many things - a pundit is not one of them.


Isn't the official definition something on the order of "professional expert witness", but outside a courtroom?

I think we can fairly call him/his team experts in political hypocrisy and media ridiculousness. "Comedic pundit" seems legit enough.

//Can't take the Time thing seriously after the bit with the mirror and a *snerk* foil cover.
 
2012-11-28 11:52:33 AM
Nate Silver should get this.

That is all.
 
2012-11-28 11:53:54 AM
I was surprised that large sums of money are easily laundered through super pacs. i don't know why it surprised me but clearly the main function of a super pac is to transfer wealth. Our elections are jokes.
 
2012-11-28 11:56:32 AM
I'm just sad I'm not eligible after being selected as Time's Person of the Year in 2006.
 
2012-11-28 11:58:04 AM

Apos: Nate Silver should get this.

That is all.


Silver does seem plausible. As does Ai Weiwei (even if saying that name makes me think of Lucy Lawless ululating as Xena). I have no idea who E.L James is.
 
2012-11-28 12:02:28 PM
Pussy Riot.


I want Time to show some balls and put the words "Pussy Riot" on the cover.
 
2012-11-28 12:03:02 PM
In the US, having been an election year, the local winner should be "Binders full of Women" or "anyone but rich white guys"
Internationally, shouldn't it be either low wage workers, who make economics more global and interdependent (is that a word?)
or perhaps the leaders or financial people from one of the European countries propping up the Euro ...ie Germany. I don't know. This isn't my strong suit. I usually just point and laugh at stuff.
 
2012-11-28 12:03:49 PM
Anyone that knocks Beiber off the most viewed Youtube list deserves to be Person of the Year.
 
2012-11-28 12:04:17 PM
One would think Nate Silver might have a claim for that spot?
 
2012-11-28 12:04:40 PM

PsyLord: Anyone that knocks Beiber off the most viewed Youtube list deserves to be Person of the Year.


Your name is quite convenient for this post.
 
2012-11-28 12:05:15 PM

Apos: Nate Silver should get this.

That is all.


Duke Silver?
 
2012-11-28 12:07:24 PM

TrainingWheelsNeeded: I was surprised that large sums of money are easily laundered through super pacs. i don't know why it surprised me but clearly the main function of a super pac is to transfer wealth. Our elections are jokes.


I would say our elections are more like "for sale to the highest bidder"...and unfortunately it appears that the joke is on us (the citizenry).
 
2012-11-28 12:11:06 PM
I vote for the mirror again and the You subtitle
 
2012-11-28 12:11:51 PM
I think they should have rape as the winner. Rape legitimately ruined the rapeublican's chances of winning
 
2012-11-28 12:18:36 PM
Really, a murderer as person of the year?
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Ham Rove: nevar forget!!
 
2012-11-28 12:21:43 PM

LucklessWonder: Apos: Nate Silver should get this.

That is all.

Silver does seem plausible. As does Ai Weiwei (even if saying that name makes me think of Lucy Lawless ululating as Xena). I have no idea who E.L James is.


E.L. James is none other than the author of the literal masterpiece* that is Fifty Shades Of Grey.

*I'm kidding, of course.
 
2012-11-28 12:23:43 PM
cdn.buzznet.com 

Time has made some odd choices.
 
2012-11-28 12:27:30 PM
Person of the year?

The Corporation.
 
2012-11-28 12:28:50 PM

Broktun: [cdn.buzznet.com image 287x400] 

Time has made some odd choices.


Not really. It's all about being influential, and the guy who has the Hitler Time Travel Exemption Act named after him is most certainly influential.

/Tvtropes Warning
 
2012-11-28 12:28:54 PM

Broktun: [cdn.buzznet.com image 287x400] 

Time has made some odd choices.


Godwin. Serious Business.
 
2012-11-28 12:30:01 PM

Broktun: [cdn.buzznet.com image 287x400] 

Time has made some odd choices.


Assuming you are merely going with most influential, absent of moral endorsement, Hitler is a multiyear winner, easily. Eventually Stalin, FDR, and Churchill start pushing him, but in the early 1930s it is between Hitler, a few Chinese warlords, and the occasional Japanese politician.
 
2012-11-28 12:33:05 PM
I nominate "The GOP Primary Voters" for ensuring four more years of mass emails.
 
2012-11-28 12:36:23 PM
Just checked the full list, and THYME has a really poor grasp of the whole "person" thing. Two of their candidates are the Curiosity rover and the Higgs boson.
 
2012-11-28 12:52:51 PM

Smeggy Smurf: I think they should have rape as the winner. Rape legitimately ruined the rapeublican's chances of winning


Person of the year.
Corporations are not persons.
 
2012-11-28 12:56:32 PM

vudukungfu: Smeggy Smurf: I think they should have rape as the winner. Rape legitimately ruined the rapeublican's chances of winning
.


Missed one
 
2012-11-28 12:56:59 PM
So the vote stuffing for Kim Jong Un isn't working? Guess they learned after the Moot incident.
 
2012-11-28 01:00:46 PM

Cheese eating surrender monkey: Really, a murderer as person of the year?
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Ham Rove: nevar forget!!


They've had a few genocidal farkheads (© Eddie Izzard) as Man of the year before. Here's the full list for those of you too lazy to go to Wikipedia:

1927 - Charles Lindbergh
1928 - Walter Chrysler
1929 - Owen D. Young
1930 - Mahatma Gandhi
1931 - Pierre Laval
1932 - Franklin D. Roosevelt
1933 - Hugh Samuel Johnson
1934 - Franklin D. Roosevelt
1935 - Haile Selassie I
1936 - Wallis Simpson
1937 - Chiang Kai-shek & Soong May-ling
1938 - Adolf Hitler
1939 - Josef Stalin
1940 - Winston Churchill
1941 - Franklin D. Roosevelt
1942 - Josef Stalin
1943 - George Marshall
1944 - Dwight D. Eisenhower
1945 - Harry S. Truman
1946 - James F. Burns
1947 - George Marshall
1948 - Harry S. Truman
1949 - Winston Churchill
1950 - The American Fighting Man (in Korea)
1951 - Mohammad Mossadegh
1952 - Queen Elizabeth II
1953 - Konrad Adenauer
1954 - John Foster Dulles
1955 - Harlow Curtice
1956 - The Hungarian Freedom Fighter
1957 - Nikita Khrushchev
1958 - Charles de Gaulle
1959 - Dwight D. Eisenhower
1960 - American Scientists
1961 - John F. Kennedy
1962 - Pope John XXIII
1963 - Martin Luther King, Jr
1964 - Lyndon B. Johnson
1965 - William Westmoreland
1966 - Baby Boomers
1967 - Lyndon B. Johnson
1968 - The Apollo 8 Astronauts
1969 - The Middle Americans
1970 - Willy Brandt
1971 - Richard M. Nixon
1972 - Richard M. Nixon & Henry Kissinger
1973 - John Sirica
1974 - King Faisal of Saudi Arabia
1975 - American Women (stay away from me...)
1976 - Jimmy Carter
1977 - Anwar Sadat
1978 - Deng Xiaoping
1979 - Ayatollah Khomeini
1980 - Ronald Reagan
1981 - Lech Walesa
1982 - the Computer
1983 - Yuri Andropov
1984 - Peter Ueberroth
1985 - Deng Xiaoping
1986 - Corazon C. Aquino
1987 - Mikhail Gorbachev
1988 - The Endangered Earth
1989 - Mikhail Gorbachev
1990 - George H. W. Bush
1991 - Ted Turner
1992 - Bill Clinton
1993 - The Peacemakers (represented by Yasser Arafat, F.W. de Klerk, Nelson Mandela, and Yitzhak Rabin)
1994 - Pope John Paul II
1995 - Newt Gingrich
1996 - David Ho
1997 - Andrew Grove
1998 - Bill Clinton & Kenneth Starr
1999 - Jeffrey P. Bezos
2000 - George W. Bush
2001 - Rudolph Giuliani (If you're arguing by influence, should have been Osama Bin Laden)
2002 - The Whistleblowers
2003 - The American Soldier
2004 - George W. Bush
2005 - The Good Samaritans
2006 - You (One of those genocidal farkheads I mentioned earlier)
2007 - Vladimir Putin
2008 - Barack Obama
2009 - Ben Bernanke
2010 - Mark Zuckerberg
2011 - The Protestor.

There's a hell of a lot more cop outs than I realized, and it seems that in election years, the winning presidential candidate gets picked more often than not, so Obama has to be a favorite for 2012.
 
2012-11-28 01:03:45 PM
They should troll again and bring up someone who has been irrelevant for a few years. Like The Situation.
 
2012-11-28 01:11:53 PM
can it be a pron star? I want it to be a pron star. I don't know which one, but between them and our fantasy football teams, that's all our spare time.
 
2012-11-28 01:13:06 PM
I am good with Malala Yousafzai
 
2012-11-28 01:13:38 PM

LucklessWonder: They've had a few genocidal farkheads (© Eddie Izzard)


I thought it was "mass murdering farkhead"
/As many famous historians have said.
//In a ditch, covered in petrol, on fire. That's fun! I think that's funny!
 
2012-11-28 01:13:44 PM
This is absurd. If Psy had come out with his Youtube dance last February instead of just before the dumbasses at Time started scratching their pointed heads to create this list, he wouldn't be on it at all.
 
2012-11-28 01:16:39 PM
Steve Jobs?

/Jerbs?
 
2012-11-28 01:19:18 PM
As a former Time magazine person of the year (see 2006 on the list above), I can honestly say their opinion doesn't mean much.
 
2012-11-28 01:20:15 PM
Speaking as a Time Person of the Year winner for 2006, Nate Silver should win the award this year.
 
2012-11-28 01:20:23 PM
cn1.kaboodle.com

Obvious choice is obvious.
 
2012-11-28 01:23:57 PM

WizardofToast: They should troll again and bring up someone who has been irrelevant for a few years. Like The Situation.


And thank you for stirring that memory, here's your prize
 
2012-11-28 01:24:21 PM

Hebalo: One would think Nate Silver might have a claim for that spot?


I'd put PSY and Silver on opposite ends of the spectrum: PSY had high impact but low importance, while Silver had low impact but high importance*. Time's issue, though, requires high impact and high importance. That's why I'd go with Sandra Fluke: the person who got the war-on-women meme to stick. High impact, high importance.

Silver's impact will almost certainly be felt in later years, as his methods change election reporting, but that hasn't happened yet, so his impact remains low for the time being. Come back next year, and he'll have a much better shot at the cover, and I'll be shocked if he doesn't have it by 2016.
 
2012-11-28 01:25:43 PM
LucklessWonder

I was born in the Year of the Computer. How about everyone else?
 
2012-11-28 01:26:45 PM

Millennium: Hebalo: One would think Nate Silver might have a claim for that spot?

I'd put PSY and Silver on opposite ends of the spectrum: PSY had high impact but low importance, while Silver had low impact but high importance*. Time's issue, though, requires high impact and high importance. That's why I'd go with Sandra Fluke: the person who got the war-on-women meme to stick. High impact, high importance.

Silver's impact will almost certainly be felt in later years, as his methods change election reporting, but that hasn't happened yet, so his impact remains low for the time being. Come back next year, and he'll have a much better shot at the cover, and I'll be shocked if he doesn't have it by 2016.


He will not have a better shot at the cover next year. It's not even a f*cking election year. 2014 maybe.
 
2012-11-28 01:31:29 PM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: LucklessWonder

I was born in the Year of the Computer. How about everyone else?


Everyone else born 1982 was born in the Year of the Computer too.
 
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