Time’s Man of the Year: Vladimir Putin
Posted by Ryan on December 19, 2007
Vladimir Putin. Tsar Commissar General Secretary Vladimir Putin the Great/Terrible, Man of the Year. Seems to work for this power-hungry new version of an old Russian habit: autocratic rule through violence, intimidation, political assassinations, and saber-rattling. I’m disappointed. I honestly thought that Time would have chosen Algore for his global warming farce and anti-American rants at international conferences. No, just a real autocrat, not an aspiring global one.
Time likes to choose it’s “Person/People of the Year” the following way:
“TIME’s Person of the Year is not and never has been an honor. It is not an endorsement. It is not a popularity contest. At its best, it is a clear-eyed recognition of the world as it is and of the most powerful individuals and forces shaping that world—for better or for worse. It is ultimately about leadership—bold, earth-changing leadership.”
Not an honor (I guess not, they gave it to Bush in 2004). But it sure is an effective way to sell papers and peddle the influence of the people selected, inadvertently giving cultural legitimacy to them through the press and buzz.
My choice would have been to pick General David Petraeus for the amazing and positive change he helped inaugurate in Iraq since August. However, that may put Iraq in a more positive light and Time doesn’t want to give Republicans any help by giving press to a man who has done great things regarding an issue the Dems have been wrong about all year. Give Time some credit though: Petraeus was a runner-up, along with Communist Hu Jintao, author JK Rowling, and their true favorite, Algore. Credit, but not props.