18 December 2005

Persons of the Year

I see that Time Magazine has named Bono and the Gates couple as its co-Persons of the Year. Needless to say, I disagree with the decision.

There was a strong feeling from people who follow that kind of thing that either KTMB or Mother Nature in general was a lock to win the "award." In fact, there are gambling lines that support this opinion. But when the time comes to announce the selection, who appears on the cover? A man who stole someone else's idea to become the richest man on Earth. And the rock star who has almost officially passed the late John Lennon as the singer with the most inflated ego or sense of self-importance. I think it's great that these two men are using some of their incredible wealth and influence to help the less fortunate. But after a year of devastating hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis, I think Time is dead wrong. And you wonder why a lot of the hurricane survivors are feeling forgotten these days.

Maybe KTMB and Mother Nature didn't win because, techinally, they are not people. Call me a cynic, but I think the decision came down to dollars and sense. That's the only thing the media seems to be worried about these days. The executives in charge of making the decision probably thought they could sell more magazines with Bono on the cover than they could with a picture of a globe or hurricane survivors. And there's no chance of an "exclusive interviews" with KTMB or Rita. I don't know why I would think that Time Magazine would make such a "corporate" decision. Remember who the magazine named "Person of the Year" in 2004? Think they'd like to have that one back?

But, once again, Katrina victims have been trivialized and forgotten. What else is new?

Actually, I'm kinda surprised that Bono isn't holding an iPod in his photo.

2 Comments:

At December 20, 2005 9:34 PM, Anonymous ashley Morris said...

So let's see Bill and Melinda help out our little corner of the world...nyahhhhh

 
At December 23, 2005 10:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey man, you got bono all wrong. sure he may seem like an egomaniac but he is a really humble man who uses his stardom to do good in the world...he is nothing like john lennon...i don't know bono personally but i know enough about him to know that he is not the egomaniac people make him out to be. besides, he is the frontman of arguably the greatest rock band of all time so even if he does think he's all that he at least has good reason because he IS all that. although i agree, with all due respect to bono and the gateses (although mac is definitely far better than windows), that there are others more deserving than them of the person of the year honor.

 

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