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You ARE the person of the year
« on: December 18, 2006 »
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    NEW YORK (Reuters) - You were named Time magazine "Person of the Year" on Saturday for the explosive growth and influence of user-generated Internet content such as blogs, video-file sharing site YouTube and social network MySpace.

    "For seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, Time's

    Person of the Year for 2006 is you," the magazine's Lev Grossman wrote.
    The magazine has put a mirror on the cover of its "Person of the Year" issue, released on Monday, "because it literally reflects the idea that you, not us, are transforming the information age," Editor Richard Stengel said in a statement.

    You beat out candidates including Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, China's President Hu Jintao, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and James Baker, the former U.S. Secretary of State who led Washington's bipartisan Iraq Study Group.

    The aim is to pick "the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or for ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse."

    Grossman said the creators and consumers of user-generated Internet sites showed a community and collaboration on a scale never seen before.

    "It's about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes," said Grossman, Time's technology writer and book critic.

    "The tool that makes this possible is the World Wide Web," he said. "It's a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter."

    "These blogs and videos bring events to the rest of us in ways that are often more immediate and authentic than traditional media," Stengel said.

    "Journalists once had the exclusive province of taking people to places they'd never been. But now a mother in Baghdad with a videophone can let you see a roadside bombing or a patron in a nightclub can show you a racist rant by a famous comedian," he said.


    Re: You ARE the person of the year
    « Reply #1 on: December 18, 2006 »
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  • So I'm not the only one who reads the New York Times.

    What a wonderful invention the internet is. Youtube, is better than TV,  all my favourite music from the 60quote s and 70quote s and great comedy clips all for free.   

    This one explains a lot, but for once he didnquote t spit his dummy out.


    Re: You ARE the person of the year
    « Reply #2 on: December 20, 2006 »
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  • Whoever said the internet was a wonderful invention was absolutely right.

    We own a buy to let property in the UK which has just been vacated.

    We were approached by an ostensibly respectable  prospective tenant who wanted to rent it immediately. The only problem was that he said that he had been working abroad and therefore the usual checks would be difficult to do, however, he was prepared to pay 6 months rent in advance which was a very tempting offer.

    I did a search on Google this morning with the manquote s name, and low and behold, there he was - a convicted drug dealer, burglar, mortgage fraudster and con man who, based on his form, wanted the property to fraudulently obtain a mortgage. His work abroad consisted of a four year prison sentence and he is currently on a suspended sentence.  Mrs Falstaff and I may be going into hiding for a little while.

    Landlords beware and thank you Tim Berners Lee.