Am I being elitist? Aren't we all special?
Sorry folks, I just can't get behind the logic. Sure we're all special, but I count on Time for an in-depth analysis and careful selection when picking the Person of the Year (with that in mind, I am fully open to Time creating a 'People of the Year Award'). Maybe Time picked now to declare the Web the great equalizer because social ecosystems such as MySpace and YouTube seem to be hitting critical mass, but you could create a web presence pretty easily over the last 10 years, so why now? And further, hasn't human communication and interaction always been a patchwork quilt by the masses, for the masses even if there weren't yet digital frameworks to capture the interactions? Spend a little time with Karen Stephenson or Malcolm Gladwell and you'll know what I'm talking about.
Bottom-line, I think 'You' is unfair to previous generations who would have gladly collaborated to the utmost given the technologies we currently have. And like I said before they did and always have collaborated, it just has never been captured on this level before. My opinion therefore, is the person of the year should be someone who has facilitated such togetherness: Maybe SecondLife founder Philip Rosedale.
Time is correct in asserting that everyone can have a voice online if they choose to accept the mission. And it's true, anyone can blog, create a videocast or podcast, and do it at very little cost. Problem is, I've seen a lot of bloggers, podcasters, MySpacers and YouTubers who wonder if anyone is listening. And I encourage them wholeheartedly to continue doing so, just with realistic expectations. Check out my previous Red Pill Post for more on this. Further, just because the cost of creating and delivering media has gone down, it does not at all influence the amount of time people have to consume it.
And the numbers just aren't adding up in this mind of mine: If everyone is focused on capture, is there still time in the moment - the moment to enjoy all this newly created media? The answer of course, is no, there isn't time, and therefore, only a few of those who create content will be viewed in any mass numbers. This rocks if you're cool with fulfilling a deep niche, but may be hard on those who deem themselvers stars and are subsequently disappointed by the 3 hits their blog got last month.
Bottom Line: If everyone is constantly creating their very own media empire, who listens?
(Last thought: I think Time should do a recount and pick Borat as Person of the Year for 2006)