Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg should not be Time's Person of the Year

Time Magazine's person of the year is a person, couple, group, idea, place, or machine that "for better or for worse, ...has done the most to influence the events of the year."   Persons of the Year in the past include:
  • 2008 - Barack Obama
  • 2004 - George W. Bush
  • 2003 - The American Soldier
  • 1999 - Jeff Bezos (founder of
  • 1993 - The Peacemakers
  • 1982  - The Computer
A complete list from 1927 to the present may be found in the Wikipedia

Certainly much has been written in the popular press (including Bruce's Journal) about Facebook and how it has changed our lives.  Facebook  has allowed people who have not seen each other for decades to reconnect.  The movie The Social Network related how Mark Zuckerberg formed the company and how he became so wealthy in a short period of time. 

The list of nominees for the 2010 Person of the Year show several politicians, entertainers, and business executives.  IMHO The Unemployed American should have been Time's Person of the Year.  There has been some recovery from the recession, but the unemployment rate is still very high.  Many hardworking Americans have been jobless for years now.  An unemployed person obviously must lower his/her standard of living as he/she loses self-esteem.  Unemployment insurance only goes so far.  I especially feel for an older jobless person.  Even in the best of times there is ageism in hiring, but some are just too young to retire and too old to be re-employed.  My heart goes out to them.  The unemployed situation in the United States is much more important than Facebook.

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