For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year.
I find it telling that at a time (no pun intended) that many of us are getting annoyed and sick of Facebook and their privacy issues and the world of over sharing the old folks at Time are discovering it. Did they have to wait until our Grandparents were on Facebook so Time readers knew what it was? I hear the runner up was the Teabaggers, I mean Tea Party so at least racist morons were not the person of the year.
I think that the cover is apropo and relevant. I didn't realize his eyes were so green. I like the fact that Time did a close up on his face a la FB, and also did a profile of a man who does not necessarily want recognition.
Does this make him the youngest Person of the Year? I personally hate Facebook, but the other alternatives are worse. I don't believe that what he did is worthy of Person of the Year. He is also not that interesting, he is probably social inept and confused around anything that does not relate to Facebook. I would give a posthumous recognition to Tyler Clementi, with his suicide lives were saved.
Strictly from memory, I remember several times where the 'person of the year' choice stimulated controversy. Time has explained several times that this choice is not a affirmation of the worth of the individual but only of that person's INFLUENCE on the world.
In other words, "DESERVE," in its common meaning, isn't part of the decision.
There is no denying his influence, good or bad not withstanding.
(Personally, I think Facebook has been really good for me. Only because I've discovered My Modern Met can I now appreciate some of Facebook's shortcomings.)
Thank you! My Modern Met.