Time’s business model of the year

I know this is a bit off-topic for this blog but… Reuters: Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ is You. Snip, “You were named Time magazine ‘Person of the Year’ on Saturday for the explosive growth and influence of user-generated Internet content such as blogs, video-file sharing site YouTube and social network MySpace. (…) You beat out candidates including Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, China’s President Hu Jintao, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and James Baker, the former U.S. Secretary of State who led Washington’s bipartisan Iraq Study Group.”

YouTube and MySpace are actually the person of the year. Phew, that saves a lot of work figuring out who’s actually been making the groundbreaking media all year. Person of the year as a content delivery site? Next week in Time — MySpace Photo Shocker: Sock Monkey Avatars In Sunglasses Have 150,000 Friends — Who Pays the Price? And, in national news: YouTube — Does Size Matter: Videos of Really Fat Cats Trying to Jump on a Couch.

I’m so glad the entire staff of The Onion freelance at Time, otherwise that rag would *never* be funny.

(See also: “Dictator Slays Millions In Last-Minute Push To Be Time’s Man Of The Year“)

Update: Gawker’s post ‘Time’ Person of the Year: You Can’t Be Serious — and especially the comments — make it all worthwhile. Examples: “Doesn’t this just mean ‘the computer’ won again?” and “where the fuck is my gift basket?”

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