Excerpts from "Person of the Year: You", by Lev Grossman:
". . . look at 2006 through a different lens and you'll see another story, one that isn't about conflict or great men. It's a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before.
"The tool that makes this possible is the World Wide Web. Not the Web that Tim Berners-Lee hacked together (15 years ago, according to Wikipedia) as a way for scientists to share research. It's not even the overhyped dotcom Web of the late 1990s. The new Web is a very different thing. It's a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as if it were a new version of some old software. But it's really a revolution.
"And we didn't just watch, we also worked. Like crazy. We made Facebook profiles and Second Life avatars and reviewed books at Amazon and recorded podcasts. We blogged about our candidates losing and wrote songs about getting dumped. We camcordered bombing runs and built open-source software.
"Who are these people? Seriously, who actually sits down after a long day at work and says, I'm not going to watch Lost tonight. I'm going to turn on my computer and . . .
"The answer is, you do. 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."
From the Dec. 25, 2006 issue of TIME magazine
Congratulations to --
- the people who post questions in the newsgroups and forums
- those who respond to the questions and analyze logs
- the columnists at c|net, ZDNet, The Washington Post, The Register, and all the other online journals
- all the "vendor" bloggers, including MSDN, Counterspy, F-Secure, Kasperky, Prevx, etc.
- my many online friends and fellow bloggers