As many people know, Time’s big surprise of the year was the announcement of Person of the Year: “You. Yes, you. You control the Information Age. Welcome to your world.” Not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, not the American Soldier, not the genocide in Darfur, and not any beacon of politics, media, or entertainment. It was every single person that made a small niche in the extreme, ever-growing vastness of the Internet. From my corner to yours, congratulations on your win.
While I disagree with some of the choices Time presented as Movers and Shakers of the web (ahemTilaTequilaahem), I do very much applaude them for their choice. Not a time in history before was there a realm of mass communication in the very hands of the users and not the conglomerates. There was no Wikipedia and no YouTube. No Google and no MySpace. Now, though, you can show your poon or you can meticulously edit history easier than ever today; and, anyone within a cameraphone’s length can show the world you did it or said it. It is the sort of reavolution that I have to applaud. There is no better way to express freedom of speech than through the eyes of the citizen utilizing the millions of outlets the Internet provides. There really is something amazing in this strangely beautiful parallel electronic universe.
How better could a girl sitting behind of the face of her computer try to sell her punditry to the world than in her own little blog than this?