‘You’ is Time’s Person of the Year

you-thumb.jpegWell 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).

Author: Danny Sanchez

Danny Sanchez is the Audience Development Manager at Tribune's Sun-Sentinel.com and OrlandoSentinel.com. Danny has been with Tribune since 2005 in a variety of editorial, digital and product development roles in Hartford, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. He has also previously worked in the newsrooms of the Tampa Bay Times and The Miami Herald.

3 thoughts on “‘You’ is Time’s Person of the Year”

  1. Although TIME is being forward-looking on this one, I’m always disappointed when it’s not a person on the cover. Yes, I know my face can be seen in the mirrored paper. But somehow it’s not the same.

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