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TIME claims it chose the Facebook CEO because of how he has changed our entire social structure

TIME has selected the CEO of the social networking giant 'Facebook' as Person of the Year 2010 for "changing how we all live our lives."

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, CEO and co-founder of Facebook, was born in 1984, which is the same year the Macintosh computer launched. He grew up with the technology, mastered it and has created a social networking empire with nearly 600 million users. He has been chosen as Person of the Year 2010 by TIME for "connecting half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives." 

TIME further detailed why it chose Zuckerberg, saying that he is at the very center of the social changes our world is experiencing. The creation of Facebook has altered the way we communicate with one another entirely and has expanded our social circle. TIME quoted Virginia Woolf, saying "On or about December 1910, human character changed." It was noted that a century later, transitions are taking place once again.

"We are living through another transition," said the TIME article. "The way we connect with one another and with the institutions in our lives is evolving. There is an erosion of trust in authority, a decentralizing of power and at the same time, perhaps, a greater faith in one another. Our sense of identity is more variable, while our sense of privacy is expanding. What was once considered intimate is now shared among millions with a keystroke."

According to scientist Robin Dunbar, humans have the widest social circle of any primate species with about 150 people in their circle. Our ancestors may have only encountered 150 people in their lifetime, but now, thanks to social networking, humans are capable of exceeding that number and beyond. 

Not only does Facebook expand our social circles like never before, but it also taps into two human characteristics that never change: narcissism and voyeurism. This, according to TIME, is mainly why this social phenomenon is prospering faster than any other social advancement.

"In a single day, about a billion new pieces of content are posted on Facebook," said the TIME article. "It is the connective tissue for nearly a tenth of the planet. Facebook is now the third largest country on Earth and surely has more information about its citizens than any government does. Zuckerberg, a Harvard dropout, is its T-shirt-wearing head of state." 

Zuckerberg was chosen amongst four other runners-up, including The Tea Party, which is a political movement that began in the United States in 2009 to sponsor nationally and locally-coordinated protests against the government; Hamid Karzai, the 12th and current President of Afghanistan who became an important political figure after the Taliban government was removed in 2001; Julian Assange, editor-in-chief for WikiLeaks, which was a whistleblower site that leaked government documents onto the Internet to shift regime behavior, and the Chilean Miners, who were trapped at the San Jose copper-gold mine in the Atacama Desert by Copiapó, Chile from August 5, 2010 until October 13, 2010.

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Must be a slow news day..
By DukeN on 12/15/2010 10:46:35 AM , Rating: 4
Wow so this guy made it so people could waste more time on useless shit, EVEN MORE.

Might as well give it to Snooki and co.

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By FaceMaster on 12/15/2010 10:48:52 AM , Rating: 2
I don't understand what's so important about him, though. Facebook wasn't the first social networking site, it wasn't even the first 'popular' one (myspace?). It just happens to be the one that most people use now.

Well done to him for being successful, but I don't see what he did that was any different to those who came before.

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By maven81 on 12/15/2010 11:31:02 AM , Rating: 2
I totally agree, he did not invent a new way for people to communicate, and facebook wasn't the first successful attempt at it. If that's their logic, they may as well make the CEO of coca cola person of the year. After all millions of people all over the world drink it, never mind that they didn't pioneer carbonated beverages.

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By inighthawki on 12/15/2010 12:01:07 PM , Rating: 5
Not to mention all the privacy atrocities he's committed with Facebook.

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By spread on 12/16/2010 12:57:43 AM , Rating: 3
That was nothing compared to what's coming. Now they ask that you 'verify' your identity with credit cards.

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By BBeltrami on 12/15/2010 12:06:21 PM , Rating: 1
I agree. Time missed the mark; the man of the year should be "Social Networking" ... But it's too late, this was news last year.

I know I'm not the only person who is using Facebook less and less. I haven't signed in more than twice in the last few months. There's only so much narcissism a guy can take. I don't play Mafia Wars, chain status updates are irritating and sophomoric, and even when status updates are "real", I find that I don't really care if you're enjoying food at Applebee's, sharing photos from the drunken weekend, cussing your ex, or bedding down for tomorrow's mid-terms.

Time Magazine hasn't been relevant for over 15 years. But there was a Facebook movie, so someone at Time must have noticed. If Hollywood cares, Time cares because that means it's important... dammit! I bet one of the editors even asked their child to explain this "Face Book Thing". That editor is now lost in Farmville, calling in sick, friending strangers and neglecting personal hygeine.

YAY Mark Zuckerberg!

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By The Raven on 12/15/2010 11:49:06 AM , Rating: 2
Well said.

But I do have to say that I am not necessarily a Zuckerberg hater. I liked what he said in his interview with Barbara Walters when asked about privacy issues that FB has had.

He pretty much just said that if you put something on the internet, it can and will get out there out of your control.
I think everyone should hear that. Especially before using FB lol.

If any of these people get sick of FB dicking with them, they can leave and use/create a competitor's site. But please stop with the lawsuits @$$es. After all, it is FB we are talking about, not the G-D Emergency Broadcast System!

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By msheredy on 12/15/2010 6:19:37 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, this one came out of left field! Maybe if Steve [Jobs] had a movie made about him he would have won LOL!

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By Samus on 12/15/2010 8:17:52 PM , Rating: 2
HE may have changed the way people communicate, but is that a good thing?

All people do now is facebook at work and on their phones while driving!

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By jhb116 on 12/15/2010 8:48:25 PM , Rating: 2
umm did you read the runners up - Karzai and Assange - what? The first has arguably become a symbol of corruption and the second is an Anarchist currently targeting the destruction of the US. Do these guys also run the Nobel Prize institution as well??

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By marvdmartian on 12/16/2010 8:54:17 AM , Rating: 2
Time's person of the year awards are about equally as meaningless as the various car/truck/SUV/whatever of the year awards. It's more about popularity and advertising dollars than anything else.

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By frobizzle on 12/16/2010 9:54:26 AM , Rating: 2
I think a much more poignant award would be Clown of the Year. Or perhaps Moron of the Year. In either case, the number of candidates each year would be staggering! Just look at some of the possible recipients:

Christine O'Donnell, Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, John "I'm crying my eyes out" Boner, Jim Demint (aka Jim Demented), Michael Steele, Rand Paul, Barrak Obama, David Patterson, Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson, Lady Gaga,Tiger Woods

I could go on with this list for a very long time but I think you get the idea!

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