[OPE-L] you can add this to your CV

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Tue Dec 19 2006 - 07:58:12 EST

You can add the following to your personal resume / CV:

"Selected by _TIME_ magazine as the 'PERSON OF THE YEAR' for 2006."

In solidarity, Jerry


Chavez wins "Person of the Year" poll ... Time magazine ignores  result

<http://www.handsoffvenezuela.org/index2.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=793&pop=1&page=0&Itemid=43<http://www.handsoffvenezuela.org/index2.php?option=com_content&task=emailform&id=793&itemid=43     By Hands  Off Venezuela

Monday, 18 December 2006

A few days ago, Time Magazine announced the winner of its annual  "Person
of the Year" award. Many supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution  will be
disappointed to hear that Hugo Chavez did not make it despite the  fact
that he won Time's online poll by a wide margin and got 35% of the  votes.
This is significant, as Chavez had been the number 1 in the poll  for
several weeks and was clearly set to win the award.

Instead, it seems we all have won the award! Indeed, the 2006 Person  of
the Year is "you" and much is made of the Web 2.0 and one of its  foremost
brainchildren, the online video service YouTube. For that matter  Hands
Off Venezuela is also a happy user of YouTube, but still we find it  quite
amazing that not a word is said about why the winner of Time's own
readers poll is simply ignored and not even mentioned.

The link to their online poll is simply not there any more, although  after
some Google searching we traced it back to
(http://www.time.com/time/personoftheyear/2006/walkup/) ,  where
you can see the results for yourself. You don't have to be a believer in
conspiracy theories to assume that clearly the Time Magazine editorial
board was not happy with the choice of its readers! Surely the so-called
"liberal" magazine did not like the result of its own poll and decided to
push its own candidate, "the YouTube guys".

Interestingly, the present issue of Time carries another article  called
"Power to the People" (read it _here_
(http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1569526,00.html) ),
which starts by saying:
"Meet 15 citizens-including a French rapper, a relentless  reviewer and a
real life lonely girl-of the new digital democracy"

In the whole magazine there are many lauding words for this "digital
democracy" but ironically Time decided to ignore its own "digital
democracy" and hide the fact that 35% voted for Hugo Chavez and 21% for
the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

It is true that an online poll is not a very scientific tool but  surely it
would have been worth to at least point out who won the Time  poll in the
first place? If not, what is the point of organising one on  your own
website? Maybe because they did not want the winner to be a  popular
President of a country where "power to the people" is not just an  empty
phrase but is being implemented in practice in the real world, and  who
has been democratically elected time and time again?

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