From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Wall Street movement, “The Protester” has been named Time magazine’s 2011 “Person of the Year”.
The annual distinction is given to the person or thing that Time believes has most influenced culture and the news during the past year, for good or for ill.
Time says the outcry for democratic politics became globalised this year and protesters made history.
Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher reports from Washington DC.
‘The Protester’ has been named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2011. The magazine cited dissent across the Middle East that has spread to Europe and the United States. (Dec. 14)
Time Magazine has announced who they’ve picked for Person of the Year. It is the protester. The protester, in context of this year, is one who is angered by corruption, westernized in thought, either longing for democracy and personal freedom, or a graduate with no job… rising against the elite. The protesters also comprised women, crying out against oppression, wanting to enjoy basic rights like the right to drive. All these people had one thing in common… access to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. 1989 was once known as a year of global protests. The Berlin Wall fell and China had the Tiananmen Revolts. But never has the world seen unrest spread the way it did in 2011. That is why 2011 is being called the “Year of Global Indignation,” and none of this would have been possible without the protester.
Time magazine reveals its Person of the Year 2011
Magazine’s editors choose ‘The Protester’ as figure having the greatest impact
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Time magazine revealed the 2011 choice for its iconic Person of the Year cover live on TODAY Wednesday. The Protester is this year’s choice, managing editor Rick Stengel told Matt Lauer and Ann Curry.
“There was a lot of consensus among our people,” Stengel told the TODAY anchors as he revealed the magazine’s cover. “It felt right.”
As it has for the past 84 years, the weekly newsmagazine selected the person (or sometimes group, or thing) that its editors deemed had the single greatest impact during the past year, for better or for worse.
Time’s Person of the Year has been a perennial topic of year-end debate ever since aviator Charles Lindbergh was chosen the first Man of the Year back in 1927 (the title was amended to Person of the Year in 1999). But the title is not necessarily an accolade; while many presidents, political leaders, innovators and captains of industry have been cited, some of the more notorious Persons of the Year include Adolf Hitler in 1938, Joseph Stalin in 1943 and Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. There have also been more conceptual choices, such as “the American Fighting-Man” (1950), “Middle Americans” (1969), and this year’s choice, The Protester.
Why TIME Chose “The Protester” as Person of the Year 2011
Managing editor Richard Stengel talks with Kurt Andersen, author of our cover story, about the decision to recognize the global protest movements of 2011 in TIME’s Person of the Year issue.