Instead of a single Person of the Year 2006, Time magazine has picked the entire community of the Internet. Are Internet users "changing the way the world changes" or is Time trying to get back the readers it's losing to alternative media? Plus, Denver is shut down by a major snow storm, and news about the growing number of active-duty military personnel who've signed a petition to bring the troops home from Iraq.
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Time magazine says forget the Great Man theory of history. Because of the Internet, says Time, "the many" are taking power from "the few." So this year's Person of the Year is You--which means all the millions who blog, visit YouTube and My Space, or contribute to Wikipedia. There's even a mirror on the cover so you can see yourself. Is Time on to something important or is it pandering to the mass readership it fears that it's losing? Does the Internet embody the "wisdom of crowds" or the blather of people who don't know what they're talking about?
In 1969, almost 1400 active-duty service members signed a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for an end to the Vietnam War. Their strategy was resistance and confrontation. The latest Nation magazine reports on "the most significant movement of organized and dissident GI's in America" since those days. This time the strategy is all according to military regulations. Next month, active-duty military personnel will formally present Congress an Appeal for Redress, urging it to bring the troops home from Iraq.
Jon Hutto, Founding member of Appeal for Redress