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Sunday, December 17, 2006

# Posted 11:59 AM by Taylor Owen  

PERSON OF THE YEAR: Congrats bloggers, you beat Ahmadinejad!

Stengel said if the magazine had decided to go with an individual, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the likely choice. "It just felt to me a little off selecting him," Stengel said.

Question, why can’t Time pick an unpleasant character as person of the year? Is it because it is released over the holidays? Is it bad for sales? If it is acually the feel good person of the year, or the positive change person of the year, then perhaps Time should change the selection mandate.

ps. Should the policy implications of the choice, whether positive or negative, be considered?

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Question, why can’t Time pick an unpleasant character as person of the year?

They have in the past. (E.g., Khomeini in 1979, Hitler in 1938.) Plus a larger number of cases where the choice was at least controversial and unpleasant to some large fraction of the readership (most national poltical figures).
 
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