Time magazine’s tradition of naming a man, woman or other entity its “Person of the Year” goes back more than 80 years. As it has for nearly half of the past decade, a group or idea took top honors in 2011, with the magazine naming “The Protester” its Person of the Year.
“No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in a public square, it would incite protests that would topple dictators and start a global wave of dissent. In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice their complaints;
they changed the world,” Time writes.
From Tunisia to Egypt, from Greece to Wall Street, protestors have made their voices heard all year long. While we’re not a fan of the cop-out entity choice, this year’s pick seems like a much more appropriate decision than 2006’s “You.” This truly has been a year of the average person making his or her voice heard, so we think The Protester is a great pick.
What do you think of Time’s choice?