Julian Assange: Man Of The Year?
A wire report that has been picked up by Matt Drudge is claiming that Time Magazine will name Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as 2010’s Man Of The Year:
TIME magazine will name WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange the 2010 ‘Person of the Year’ according to the Drudge Report, citing unnamed sources. Assange ,who was arrested Tuesday morning in England for sex crimes, was leading TIME’s online poll.
A spokesperson from TIME magazine tells WireUpdate,”Trying to guess TIME’s Person of the Year is an annual tradition and one of the great parlor games in journalism; we certainly welcome people guessing, but we never confirm or deny rumors until we reveal TIME’s choice.”
The final decision by TIME magazine editors will be announced next Wednesday.
As Time is often obliged to point when this annual designation is made, the appellation “Man Of The Year” is meant to designate the person, place, event, or object that or better or for worse, …has done the most to influence the events of the year.” Hence the reason that such person’s as Adolf Hitler and Ayatollah Kohomeni have made their ways on to the cover of Time in a given year.
However, assuming this report is true, is Assange really that person? Yes, the Wikileaks stories have been on the front pages of newspapers throughout the world many times during the year, but the truth of the matter is that very little of what the documents has revealed really qualifies as earth shattering or game changing. It’s an important story no doubt, but the most important story of the year? I’m not seeing it.
If I was making the selection, I’d focus on domestic politics and the midterm elections. The Tea Party movement, perhaps, or as much as it might pain me to say it, Sarah Palin. I think a case can be made that either one of those had a bigger impact on the news in 2010 than Julian Assange.
Tune in next Wednesday to find out, I guess.