Poll: Time's Person of the Year – should it have gone to Assange or Zuckerberg?


Despite Wikileaks leader Julian Assange winning the people’s vote, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook has just been named Time’s official man of the year. Zuckerberg is a genius, sure, but did he deserve this, this year?

As Wikipedia says – Time tends to shy away from people controversial in the United States. We quote:

“As a result of the public backlash it received from the United States for naming the Ayatollah Khomeini Man of the Year in 1979, Time has shied away from using figures that are controversial in the United States. Time’s Person of the Year 2001–immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks–was New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, although the stated rules of selection, the individual or group of individuals who have had the biggest effect on the year’s news, made Osama bin Laden a more likely choice.”

Judging from that background you can see why they went for clean-living nice guy nerd Zuckerberg. Don’t get us wrong – he’s a great guy – but did he do most to influence the world in 2010? Tell us who you think should have won:

Anna Leach