December 29, 2006

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

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 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?

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.