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Mark Zuckerberg  (Source: imgs.sfgate.com)
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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I have no problem with this.
By Homerboy on 12/15/2010 12:04:36 PM , Rating: -1
The site he created (whether it be the 1st of its kind or not) changed the way millions of people world-wide communicate and exchange information. Not to mention how they interact with small and large businesses.

Facebook is not going to disappear anytime soon. I realize it's overly popular to hate on the site, but failing to see it's impact on society is ridiculous. Whether YOU find value in it or not is irrelevant. 500 Million people, world-wide seem to find a use for it.

Now I patiently await the vote downs.




RE: I have no problem with this.
By XZerg on 12/15/2010 12:26:08 PM , Rating: 2
This isn't an award for doing something great but rather Person of the Year and given the amount of news this guy has made, he does deserve it. Who else beside Obama (given his title) has made so much noise among people?


RE: I have no problem with this.
By DigitalFreak on 12/15/2010 12:44:16 PM , Rating: 3
Julian Assange?


RE: I have no problem with this.
By XZerg on 12/15/2010 1:14:53 PM , Rating: 1
He just made big splash in the last month or two whereas Mark was in the news almost every month of the year... Heck there was even a movie to the boot.


RE: I have no problem with this.
By Solandri on 12/15/2010 2:21:35 PM , Rating: 4
Long-term, I think Bradley Manning is really going to turn out to be the real "winner". The info he leaked is going to have serious repercussions for U.S. international relations for years if not decades.


RE: I have no problem with this.
By Solandri on 12/15/2010 1:44:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it's important to remember that Time's Person of the Year award goes to the person who made the biggest impact on the past year's events. Not the person who did the most good, or had the most positive influence. Just the person who most changed the world. Past "winners" have included Adolph Hitler and Josef Stalin (twice!).

I'm not really sure he's deserving because as others have pointed out, while Facebook has changed how a lot of people interact with each other, for the most part it's unimportant interaction. Stuff that changes the options you have for how you do things, but not stuff that changes your life. In the same category as the accomplishments of movie stars, directors, sports heroes, etc. In that respect, I think Wikileaks (not Assange, he's just a figurehead) or someone tied with the EU bailout of Greece would've been a better choice.


RE: I have no problem with this.
By omnicronx on 12/15/2010 3:15:30 PM , Rating: 2
I think its important to remember that Facebook already had a userbase of over 100 million last year (I'm pretty sure it was close to 300 millino at that point).. I don't see how anyone could make the case that he had the biggest impact on THIS years events, unless you include the release of a Hollywood movie which he had no part in..


RE: I have no problem with this.
By Aloonatic on 12/16/2010 3:55:33 AM , Rating: 2
Tony Hayward?

(I'm sorry) :o)


RE: I have no problem with this.
By ie5x on 12/20/2010 1:29:30 AM , Rating: 2
And why wouldn't the Chile Miners count? I guess they deserve one POY each for the next 33 years. They made the whole world proud along with their country by showing us the core values of humanity like courage and perseverance. Couldn't find one single trait I'd admire in this tool.


By ShaolinSoccer on 12/15/2010 2:15:29 PM , Rating: 2
Time just wants to sell magazines...


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