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. . . .
that certainly referred to me, though i noticed that they put some other bloke on the cover. i also noticed that, when trying to access the story itself, i got stuck in some chrysler ad and couldn't get through it, impatient as i am. so i decided to back off, accept the award, and let it go at that.
my friend peg won a golden spork award for her weblog, and this is probably more significant, since there are far fewer winners, and each one probably had some merit; peg's certainly does. unlike me & mine, which sputter along, skipping entire weeks in favor of finals, christmas running-around & whatever...
time probably hopes that, by having six billion or so winners, they'll at least get a few readers out of that. but, young folks are all doing facebook, or myface, or whatever, and even old geezers like me aren't going to stop and look at a chrysler ad. i remember ancient times, when chrysler made dodge darts (60's) that even tom & ray liked, my favorite in high school, and old valiants with push-button transmissions, and they made the best old vans too, but that was nigh-on fi'ty years ago, and since then they haven't made much a-tall except air-bag commercials. they were so big on those air bags, i thought they ought to go into politics, but maybe they did that & i didn't even know it, and that's why they're still around. anyway if they're teaming up with time, i'm going in the other direction, at least for the moment, though i do accept this award gratefully, and i thank my mother, and my high school english teacher, and you my dear audience, who come from everywhere from soldotna, alaska, to paris and izmir, turkey, last i knew, but who mostly consist of my family and friends- to you, who made this moment possible, these outfits get wilder every year...thank you, and god bless you.