TIME reveals its 2011 Person of the Year

The Protester 2011 Time Person of the Year

I was just reading some of the Google+ pages I follow and learned that the TIME magazine person of the year for 2011 is not Steve Jobs, Kate Middleton or Julian Assange, it is “the protester”. Congratulations to the demonstrators from across the Arab world to the Occupy Wall Street movement that continues to make headlines. We are proud of you!

Here’s an excerpt from the news magazine:

It’s remarkable how much the protest vanguards share. Everywhere they are disproportionately young, middle class and educated. Almost all the protests this year began as independent affairs, without much encouragement from or endorsement by existing political parties or opposition bigwigs. All over the world, the protesters of 2011 share a belief that their countries’ political systems and economies have grown dysfunctional and corrupt — sham democracies rigged to favor the rich and powerful and prevent significant change.

The four runners-up were: U.S. Admiral William McRavern, Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan and Middleton.

Since 1927, TIME has chosen the person (or sometimes group, or thing) that its editors deemed had the single greatest impact during the preceding year. Adolf Hitler received the honor in 1938. Last year the mag picked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.