Well, can you imagine how surprised I was to find out yesterday that I was named Time's Person of the Year for 2006? OK, OK, so it wasn't "me" in particular, but rather "you," meaning the collective content-creation apparatus of the Internet. Time cites such things as Wikipedia, YouTube, and blogs, before concluding:
Who are these people? Seriously, who actually sits down after a long day at work and says, I'm not going to watch Lost tonight. I'm going to turn on my computer and make a movie starring my pet iguana? I'm going to mash up 50 Cent's vocals with Queen's instrumentals? I'm going to blog about my state of mind or the state of the nation or the steak-frites at the new bistro down the street? Who has that time and that energy and that passion?On behalf of verbose couch potatoes everywhere, I humbly accept Time's praise. And whatever monetary compensation goes along with it.
The answer is, you do. And for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, TIME's Person of the Year for 2006 is you.