So, the nominations for Time magazine’s Person of the Year are out. When did they start releasing nominations prior to the announcement of their choice? This seems like a bad idea. I know that, ultimately, the magazine’s editors are still deciding who gets the title, but why even let people pseudo-vote on this? Why even allow for the possibility of the public influencing editorial decision-making?
Besides, we all know how this is going to go. Stephen Colbert proved long ago the futility of asking the Internet’s opinion about anything. If Time had shown me the list of nominees beforehand I could have told them who would end up dominating in the Facebook “Like” race. Isn’t that right, Little Monsters?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not naive; I realize Time is just doing this to drive page views, and obviously it’s working. I just clicked through all twenty-something pages of the gallery. Congratulations, Time! That doesn’t stop me from being annoyed by the whole thing, though.
Also annoying to me, and likely to Time as well, is how people constantly misunderstand what this even means. It’s not a commendation; it’s supposed to go to the biggest newsmaker or the person with the most influence, positive or negative, in that calendar year. No, LeBron, this isn’t some sort of global MVP award, you don’t need to be falsely humbled to be included along with the Chilean Miners.
Someone should tell him that one of his fellow nominees is Tony Hayward.
(As an aside, who are the six people that liked Tony Hayward’s nomination on Facebook? What would possess one to do that? It has to be hipsters “liking” it ironically, right? “Liking” Tony Hayward on Facebook is the digital equivalent of wearing an old Bryant Reeves Grizzlies jersey to a Wavves concert.)