Time has named its “Person of the Year” for 2011, and as it tends to do from time to time, the magazine did something other than pick a specific person. The publication chose to honor “the Protester” this year, MSNBC reports.
With a cover blurb that says “From the Arab Spring to Athens, from Occupy Wall Street to Moscow,” Time points to protesters worldwide as having the greatest impact during the year.
In recent years the honor has gone to Mark Zuckerberg (2010), Ben Bernanke (2009) and Barack Obama (2008), but this isn’t the first time the magazine has gone outside the box to single out someone other than a particular individual. The 2006 honoree was “You” — reflecting the rise of social media — while the 2003 title went to the American soldier and in 2002 it was whistleblowers.
The magazine’s “Person of the Year” tradition began in 1927, when Time gave the title to aviator Charles Lindbergh.
Singling out “the Protester” recalls the previous time the title was given to dissidents, when Time named “the Hungarian freedom fighter” as its “Person of the Year” in 1956.