I am the “Person of the Year”…

…according to TIME magazine. Well, actually, since you are reading this then you are also the person of the year!

Why are we people of the year? Because we are part of an enormous community that is sharing knowledge and resources on a scale never before seen in history. And the how is the internet. Among the tools we use are popular Web 2.0 and social network sites like digg, YouTube, Wikipedia and of course blog sites – like the one you’re reading now.

From TIME.com,

…for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, TIME’s Person of the Year for 2006 is you.

So am I worthy of such a title? Maybe. Maybe not. I run a blog and have contributed content to several websites including YouTube. I regularly digg stories I think are worth a look (appearing on the right of this blog as “My Diggs”) which helps drive the social news website digg.com. Without ordinary people like me these sites, with their wealth of content, would cease to exist. So yes, I’ve contributed to and helped shape our digital world.

On the flipside though, I can’t help thinking it’s a bit of a cop-out for TIME to announce that every internet user is the Person of the Year. Or maybe it’s an elaborate publicity stunt (it got a mention here afterall) and this certainly isn’t the first time they’ve pulled something like this. In 1982 the title went to “The Computer”! For more info on the topic, where else to head but Wikipedia! There you’ll find all the Persons of the Year dating back to 1927, along with some history and controversy.

So, now that you’ve read this, continue surfing, blogging, linking, tagging, uploading, commenting and bookmarking. The internet exists because of you and I. Yay us!

About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

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