There is no person of the year - or: why TIME magazine misses the point.

Published on Mon 13 of Dec, 2010

TIME magazine chose Mark Zuckerberg as the person of the year 2010 over Julian Assange. What?!?! To quote myself in the moment I found out about that:

So why did Zuckerfag win @TIME man of the year with his walled garden, when there's #WikiLeaks fighting for the just side of the coin?

Yes, I can understand the choice and I still like it better than the Tea Party - that would have been taking the cake!!

Still I think this is a joke!
TIME magazine itself writes: "Zuckerberg and Assange are two sides of the same coin."
Well, let's have a look at what Zuck and Assange do with information and networking:

Zuck creates a system which is nice'n'shiny on the outside and on the inside it is a centralised instrument of power (yes, information is power). Facebook doesn't take it too seriously with human rights like free speech and does censor. We do know that meanwhile. All the half a billion people inserting their data into Facebook create a beautiful profile of their personality and even of the whole society. A profile "owned" by a few. Very probably one of the few is the CIA.

On the other side of the coin we have WikiLeaks. Which is being represented by Julian Assange, who faces the brunt of fighting for the age-old dream of hackers: making common information available for every human being. He might be an asshole and perhaps even a rapist, but he paved the way for people like Domscheit-Berg. These guys are working on providing people worldwide with the ability to voice their opinion without fear of prosecution and centralized censorship!

Hmm, wait... perhaps I can't laugh at all.. about the joke...

Anyways... in the end electing a "person" of the year is rather pointless nowadays. We should vote for concepts, systems or infrastructure. As otherwise in the long run Anonymous will be person of the year every year.

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Born, went to school, started hacking on free software, did some major high availability sysadmin work in between, now back to my original passion: managing knowledge. :) -- Long CV

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