TIME Magazine has named Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg the Time Person of the Year 2010 which makes him the second youngest person to have ever this award (FYI Charles Lindbergh was the first at age 25 in 1927.) At just 26 years old, Zuckerberg beat out Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the people’s favorite, Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange. But not everyone is happy.
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While Mark Zuckerberg was clearly a contender, was he really THE person of the year? Time‘s Lev Grossman sums up why Zuckerberg received the award:
In less than seven years, Zuckerberg wired together a twelfth of humanity into a single network, thereby creating a social entity almost twice as large as the U.S. If Facebook were a country it would be the third largest. … It has turned into … something that has changed the way human beings relate to one another on a species-wide scale. … Facebook has merged with the social fabric of … human life. … It’s a permanent fact of our global social reality.
Ok yes that’s all true, but Facebook didn’t pop up in 2010. Zuckerberg would have been a great choice for 2008 or even earlier. The people’s choice was Julian Assange with an overwhelming majority. He got more votes than the 2nd and 3rd place selections combined (Lady Gaga and the Prime Minister of Turkey), yet Assange isn’t gracing the cover. Zuckerberg came in 10th with less than 5% of the number of votes cast for Julian Assange. Maybe Wikileaks is too controversial for TIME…
Check out the full piece on the Time Person of the Year 2010 on TIME’s site.
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