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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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"The Tea Party"
By The Raven on 12/15/2010 11:41:27 AM , Rating: 2
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

There is no "The Tea Party". There are tea parties and tea partiers. There is "The Tea Party Express" and "Tea Party Patriots" for example, but caps shouldn't be used unless you are speaking specifically about one of the tea partying groups that have formed as a result of the growth of the general movement.
Check out this snapshot that Juan Williams had a while back. It gives you an idea of how the groups might differ in structure and beliefs. Some are strictly about irresponsibility of the gov't. While others also rope abortion and other social issues into their platforms.

But from what I have seen they are all for less irresponsibility of the gov't. Just like the event that they take their name from. The original tea partiers wanted representation if they were going to be taxed. They were pissed at the gov't's treatment of the colonists. Same applies today. Tea partiers don't want to be taxed so that their neighbor can add on another room to their house. They want to be taxed so that basic services are provided to their fellow citizens (e.g. roads, police force, etc.)

Santelli caught the sentiment in this now famous clip.
He said he would have a Chicago tea party and not "Form the Chicago Tea Party".

I think that the media and DC insiders can't hear the word "party" and think anything other than "political party."

The Boston Tea Party was not a political party and neither are the parties that are held around the country. Some are sponsored by political parties, but if they are influenced by a political party (I'm looking at you GOP), that is up to the citizen attending to reject them if they feel they should.

It is sad that these good people have their parties hijacked by the GOP (and attacked by the Left as a result) and the media. They aren't anti-gov't. They may be anti-bigger gov't. They are anti-iresponsible gov't. That is like saying that you are anti-American because you said something critical about the President.

These are people trying to coming together on one thing they agree on. Stupid gov't is stupid gov't. It doesn't matter who is in office, and we need to do something to fix it (not tear it down completely). These parties open the door to an option other than your traditional Rs or Ds. But not in the form of a political party.

I'm just posting this because I find it frustrating as a libertarian and tea partier who thinks both the Dems and Reps are nuts to see a movement that is in step with my beliefs getting labeled as a cheap political pawn in the game that is going on in DC. On the other hand, we did get runner up!! ;-)

But it looks like Time did a pretty good job of detailing the specifics of the movement. I kinda liked this part because it shows that we partiers are not sheep who will just latch on to whatever teat swings our way.
And keep this in mind: Tea Party energy was a key ingredient in the Republican landslide of 2010 — but that doesn't mean the GOP establishment is rooting for the movement's continued success. Folks waving flags marked "Don't tread on me" tend not to be team players. Tea Party–backed candidates knocked off veteran Republicans in primaries in every part of the country, from Alaska to Florida, Delaware to Nevada. This purge mentality left the GOP with some pretty kooky candidates in high-profile races and probably cost conservatives an even broader victory.

To clarify a little, I am not a team player with those who have caused me to use the words "don't tread on me". I don't compromise with what is wrong. I get along great with those at home, work and in my local community as a volunteer.

P.S. Everyone keeps telling me that I am fighting against things that would/do benefit me. I don't care. Stealing would benefit me, but I don't do it. Not everyone is as selfish as you might think.

RE: "The Tea Party"
By Anoxanmore on 12/15/2010 1:08:29 PM , Rating: 2
Flordia would like to have a word with you concernging the Tea Party.


RE: "The Tea Party"
By The Raven on 12/17/2010 12:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
The name of that organization is "Florida Tea Party" from what I gather. But I am referring to the movement that is a bunch of loosly related individuals scattered all over the country, which looks like the Florida Tea Party aligns themselves with.

This has been another round of Germany or Florida! ;-)

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