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December 29, 2006

News & Opinion: Time Magazine's Person of the Year

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 3:28 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

If you've been near a waiting room coffee table at all recently, you probably saw the cover of Time magazine. It announced its person of the year. And the winner is... You.
"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."
It has been really interesting, just coming on board at 800-CEO-READ, to see how much print is being devoted to this phenomenon of social media. I'm thinking specifically about Citizen Marketers and Wikinomics. It has also been interesting to read some of the criticisms of our online communities.
"What's to stop an online mass of anonymous but connected people from suddenly turning into a mean mob, just like masses of people have time and time again in the history of every human culture?"
I'm not sure that these communities are as dangerous as Lanier suggests, but does he have a point about creativity being replaced with groupthink?