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Sunday, December 17, 2006

TIME's Person of the Year 2006


After naming YouTube invention of the year in 2006, TIME has awarded 'You', i.e. You, Me and Everyone within the online community for collaborating on sites such as Wikipedia, YouTube and MySpace.

In 1966, the under-25 generation was honoured and in 1982, the computer was given that distinction. Hitler was awarded the acolade in 1938 and Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. However the online public faced some stiff competition this year; the magazine's managing editor, Richard Stengel admitted that if the magazine was forced to choose one person for 2006, it would have been Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has taunted the West with his country's nuclear capabilities and denied the Holocaust.

"It just felt a little off selecting him," noted Stengel.

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