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Who can we thank for the Mark Zuckerberg POTY idiocy? Meghan McCain.

posted at 11:13 am on December 16, 2010 by

People everywhere are collectively groaning over the choice to name Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, as Time’s Person of the Year. Who would make such an idiotic, shallow, superficial choice?

Well, when you consider that the driving force behind his nomination was Meghan McCain, it suddenly makes sense. Meggie Mac wrote another ghastly column, wasting space on The Daily Beast this week defending her choice to nominate Zuckerberg.

I was one of the people on Time’s panel to nominate and argue over who was most deserving of the title. My two choices were the Tea Party and Mark Zuckerberg. The Time panel consisted of myself, Joe Trippi, Google’s Marissa Miller (who petitioned hard for Steve Job’s to be considered for person of the year), Wyclef Jean, and the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement Daisy Khan. Everyone chose both interesting and year poignant candidates. Other notable people that were discussed were Nancy Pelosi, Glenn Beck and the country of Haiti.

Hang on — stop right there. Did I just see Meghan McCain write Steve Job’s? As in, she added an apostrophe into the name of Steve Jobs, the co-founder and CEO of Apple? And someone, please, explain to me what exactly this sentence means:

Everyone chose both interesting and year poignant candidates.

Perhaps the most pressing question that needs to be answered is why in the name of God this blonde bimbo hasn’t been assigned the desperately needed team of editors to scrutinize every word of drivel that she writes. But this is about Mark Zuckerberg, so let’s continue.

Time’s choice is like the man himself, innovative and controversial. The “Person of the Year” is an illusive title that has historically showcased, for better or worse, the individual who has had the most distinctive impact on the previous year. In 2010 Facebook hit its five hundred millionth member. A feat no social network has ever achieved before. David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s The Social Network was also released to both commercial and critical acclaim. Mark Zuckerberg has become the first true millenial rockstar, and he is ushering in a completely new era.

At the end of the day, Mark Zuckerberg really is the most forward thinking and relevant candidate, even beating Julian Assange and the Tea Party. He transcends all of these people and, dare I say, even countries because all of these subjects are more than likely be read about, discussed, and debated via users on—where else?—Facebook. I believe that Mark Zuckerberg is the Henry Ford of our times and Facebook is the Model-T.

There you have it, folks: according to brilliant pundit Meghan McCain, Mark Zuckerberg is just as genius as Henry Ford, and Facebook — a website that’s primarily used for wasting time — is an invention as historically significant as the Model-T.

Previous people to have been awarded the now-defunct honor of being name the Time Person of the Year include Charles Lindbergh, Walter Chrysler, Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, Martin Luther King Jr, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Bill Gates. More recently, esteemed winners have included… er, Barack Obama and you. Mark Zuckerberg cements it: the Person of the Year award has officially jumped the shark.

Sure, a lot of people use Facebook for lots of different reasons. What has Mark Zuckerberg done this year, in 2010, to make him the Person of the Year? Well… his website inspired a movie that made a lot of money. A lot of people signed up to use Facebook. And… that’s about it.

Other people considered? Well, there’s Julian Assange, who while not likeable to most normal human beings certainly had a major impact on the world this year, thanks to Wikileaks. He also came in first in Time’s online voting poll. Mark Zuckerberg came in tenth, behind Lady Gaga, Glenn Beck, Steve Jobs (or Job’s, as Meggie Mac spells it), the Chilean miners, and the unemployed American. The Tea Party movement? While it didn’t make it into the top ten of the online voting poll, that would also arguably be a better choice.

Let’s see, founder of an internet site famously used for wasting time vs. a movement that redefined politics and halted socialism in its creeping tracks. I guess for Meggie Mac, it’s no contest. After all, those Tea Partiers sure do like Sarah Palin a lot, who is Meggie Mac’s arch-nemesis, so clearly she can’t side with them. (For that matter, Sarah Palin would’ve been a better choice than Mark Zuckerberg, too.)

Hey, maybe next year we can make the Kardashians the Persons of the Year! Their TV show is really cool and stuff! Right, Meggie Mac?

In all seriousness, while Facebook has indeed impacted many, many people, there was nothing in the year 2010 that made Facebook particularly newsworthy. As Ed Morrissey pointed out yesterday, Time is a little behind on the times.

Apparently, Time didn’t know that Facebook launched in February 2004, and had achieved the status of most trafficked social network by the end of 2008. If the issue was impact, it seems as though Time is two years too late in awarding this.

Honestly, though, what other real and significant impact has Facebook had? It has spawned a Hollywood movie, which is probably why Time bothered to notice it after more than six years. It’s a popular meeting space, and it allows people to reconnect to old friends, as well as waste vast amounts of time with imaginary farms and wannabe virtual Mafia dons. Facebook is mostly a time suck. At least Twitter had an impact last year in the attempt by the Iranian people to rebel against the dictatorship in Tehran.

But of course, Meghan McCain, political genius, wouldn’t need to bother with finding out stuff like that, would she? There was that Facebook movie that came out, y’all!! Come on!

Of course, while Meggie Mac might be the intellectual lightweight responsible for arguing that Mark Zuckerberg deserves the title of 2010′s Person of the Year, the blame ultimately falls with Time itself. What else did they expect? When you put a moron like Meghan McCain on your panel to choose the Person of the Year, what else are you going to get but a moronic choice?

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The “Person of the Year” is an illusive title that has historically showcased

Illusive?

I confess I don’t have my Oxford English Dictionary here at work, but a quick sprint to dictionary.com brings up this result:

— adj
producing, produced by, or based on illusion; deceptive or unreal

usage Illusive is sometimes wrongly used where elusive is meant: they fought hard, but victory remained elusive (not illusive )

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/illusive

I am done with commenting on Meggie. What I am concerned with is the state of education these days. There is constant apostrophe abuse these days, but adding it to a person’s name where it has never been before, and the rest of this shows someone who has not been taught the basics of grammar. And it is not just her, but lots of other people show the same lack of basics.

In the name of shoving PC-fascism down kids’ throats, the Left is ignoring basic education. And that, I suspect, is going to be their Achilles heel.

rbj on December 16, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Meghan McCain and Mark Zuckerberg are both single, yes?

(Im not sure I really want to know the answer)

Jeddite on December 16, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Cassy-

I usually agree with you 100%, but this time, I think there is a little wiggle room.

I can see using Zuckerberg as the face of social networking to be the person of the year. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, or others, social networking has allowed a kind of freedom in communication that is exceptional (along the line of Bell’s telephone and Gutenberg’s printing press). While for some it is just time wasted, for others it is a vital link for documenting reality. Think of how we learned of the death of Neda in Iran, or the tragedy of the Haiti earthquake, or the ‘reality’ of the Tea Party Movement (as opposed Mainstream Media garbage).

I have to say that although I agree with you on most of this post (especially on Meghan McCain!), I can see how they arrived at Zuckerberg.

Actually, what disturbs me more than the POTY choice is who was on the panel to decide:

The Time panel consisted of myself, Joe Trippi, Google’s Marissa Miller (who petitioned hard for Steve Job’s to be considered for person of the year), Wyclef Jean, and the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement Daisy Khan.

Yikes! Who is in the panel to pick the panel?

gobblemom on December 16, 2010 at 1:59 PM

I think the choice was inspired.

The Zuckerberg story is a telling parable of our time and Time did us all a huge favor by (unwittingly, I’m sure) clarifying the disparity between the real Zuckerberg and the fictional one as conceived by the fevered malice of Aaron Sorkin in his film “The Social Network.”

It is important, I think, as a social exercise to contemplate this disparity. I’m glad Time forces the issue.

rrpjr on December 16, 2010 at 2:03 PM

The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, did it?

Dark-Star on December 16, 2010 at 5:14 PM

wasting space on The Daily Beast

Funniest thing I’ve read all month.

exlibris on December 16, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Actually, what disturbs me more than the POTY choice is who was on the panel to decide:

The Time panel consisted of myself, Joe Trippi, Google’s Marissa Miller (who petitioned hard for Steve Job’s to be considered for person of the year), Wyclef Jean, and the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement Daisy Khan.

Yikes! Who is in the panel to pick the panel?

This jumped out at me as well. A political operative, a musician, wife of the Ground Zero imam, MegieMac, and Google Exec Marissa Mayer. With the exception of Mayer, that’s quite a team Time put together.

For the record there is a real person named Marissa Miller and based on the Google search results I doubt she is has much to say about Steve Jobs (apostrophe or not).

avgourmet on December 16, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Daisy freakin’ Khan?

Really?

TIME has gone down the drain.

hillbillyjim on December 16, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Perhaps the most pressing question that needs to be answered is why in the name of God this blonde bimbo hasn’t been assigned the desperately needed team of editors to scrutinize every word of drivel that she writes.

But Megs has an Ivy League degree, and IIRC, it’s from the very same university that graduated that other oft-quoted expert-on-everything Barry Obama. So we know it must be a high quality education.

AZCoyote on December 17, 2010 at 8:00 AM

. a movement that redefined politics and halted socialism in its creeping tracks.

is anyone sufficiently stupid so as to imagine this to apply to … tea partiers.

audiculous on December 17, 2010 at 7:56 PM