A US magazine has awarded its annual “Person of the Year” title to the man on the street. In what’s being described by some as a clever publicity stunt, Time magazine decided to reward ordinary people for their contribution to so-called “digital democracy”.
“Individuals across the planet are changing the way we do business, changing the way we perceive each other, changing the way we perceive the war,” said spokesman Richard Stengel. “They were a vessel to all the most important stories of the year. Ordinary people, citizen journalists, are transforming the way we perceive the news.”
The aim of the award is to pick one or several people who most affected the news and people’s lives, for good or for ill. Controversial choices have included Adolf Hitler in 1938. Last year’s Persons of the Year were the world’s richest man Bill Gates, his wife and Irish singer Bono, for being Good Samaritans.