Well this is a lot cooler than “The Whistleblowers” or the Ayatollah. TIME magazine has decided that Web users, or “You” are this year’s Person of the Year, thanks to the emergence of blogs and YouTube as a political and cultural force. This selection feels a bit like a validation of my feeling about 2006: that it’s been a year of monumental change in the media’s attitude about embracing the Web.
Not having been in this industry as a full-timer for as long as many others, it’s difficult to fully appreciate “how things were.” Yet much of the pessimism I had expected to encounter among long-time professionals simply never reared its head. Instead, I tend to encounter hope and excitement for what lies ahead.
So a tip of the hat goes to TIME for being hip and especially for using that cool mirror on its cover. It reminds me of those super-collectible, “limited edition,” No. 1, holofoil-stamped comic books from the late ’90s that I loved so much (and were too expensive to buy usually).