While TIME's editors make the ultimate choice on who is named Person of the Year, the magazine also encourages readers to vote on who they believe deserves the honor. The internet poll is a useful tool for determining who the Internet believes has had the most impact on their life. Voters are asked to consider several factors when choosing someone who has made an impact over the past year, including but not limited to: social change, entertainment, sports, politics, technology, and arts.
TIME first introduced its annual Person of the Year selection in 1952, when the magazine selected President-elect Harry S. Truman. Since then, the award has been given to many notable figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Neil Armstrong, Barack Obama, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
The online poll is conducted each year during the last week of December and will close at 11:59 PM EST on January 4th. Readers can vote once per hour for their favorite candidate so long as they're still alive. If you believe that more than one person should receive the award, please specify which ones in your comment.
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Time is well-known for its Person of the Year award, among other regular features. Time's print and digital publications have a total readership of 15.9 million. Time Magazine is ranked as biased in the "skews" category and as the most dependable in terms of dependability. It has received several awards over the years for excellence in journalism.
Time was founded in New York City on December 5, 1923 by Henry Luce. He originally wanted to call it "The American Weekly," but that was taken so he started with the word "Time" instead. His goal was to give a comprehensive look at the world's events by publishing articles by experts on various subjects.
In 1945, Mr. Luce decided to make Time also available in large parts of Europe after learning that many Europeans were unable to afford regular issues of The New York Times. Thus, Time Inc. was born. Today, more than 90 percent of Americans are reached by Time's magazines or related products such as TV shows, movies, and books. About 50 percent of our revenue comes from television programming sold in countries around the world. This includes networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox as well as international channels such as CNN and HBO. Time's digital products include TImes.com, which offers news, blogs, and apps, and SportsCenter, a live blog covering sports news.
You were named Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2006. The magazine set out to honor the millions of people who anonymously provide user-generated material to wikis and other websites like YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, Wikipedia, and the countless more websites that include user contributions. You were chosen based on your influence on the internet during 2005.
Time chose you because they believed you were responsible for changing the way people communicate by developing new ways of sharing information online. They wrote, "Without you, the Internet would still be a place where you read articles written by other people, talk with friends, and watch videos."
You were given the title before it was announced, which is rare for Time magazine. According to CEO Richard Stengel, this decision was made so that readers could experience the story of someone who was selected without regard to fame or notoriety.
In addition to being named Person of the Year, you also received $1 million. The award was presented to you by Google chairman Eric Schmidt and former US president Bill Clinton at a ceremony in New York City on January 1st, 2007.
As part of its celebration of people who have influenced the world, Time magazine also named nine others as its "Influencers".
Person of the Year is an annual edition of the American magazine Time that has been published since 1927. Every year, Time selects the person they believe has had the greatest influence on the events of the previous year (whether those things were good or bad). They also give an explanation as to why they have selected this particular person.
Time's editor-in-chief, Edward F. Klobuchar, states that the person chosen should be "someone who has had a profound effect on his or her century". The editors note that this criterion makes it difficult to choose between people from the same era, such as Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr., but that it also means that individuals who have had a greater impact than others can be selected.
In addition to choosing a person, Time also chooses an event or series of events that had a similar or overlapping influence on the world. These are called "and's" and are listed under each person selection explaining how they overlap with the person chosen. For example, the 2017 article about Donald Trump notes that he has had a great influence on "world affairs" and that this is what made him a worthy choice for Person of the Year.
Here are the only people who have been selected as Time's Person of the Year: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.