Thursday, September 6, 2007

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2006: YOU

The first edition of Time Magazine in 2007 presented ‘You’ as person of the year 2006.

“…The “Great Man” theory of history is usually attributed to the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that “the history of the world is but the biography of great men.” He believed that it is the few, the powerful and the famous who shape our collective destiny as a species. That theory took a serious beating this year. (…) Look at 2006 through a different lens and you’ll see another story, one that isn’t about conflict or great men. It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes. The tool that makes this possible is the World Wide Web. (…) The new web is a very different thing. It’s a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon valley consultants call it Web 2.0 …”

It's all about collaboration.

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