Time magazine recently announced that the late Steve Jobs has been nominated to be the magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year. If he wins, he would be the first person to receive the award posthumously and the second tech titan to win in as many years. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg took home the honor in 2010.
Jobs has graced the cover of Time several times. Since his first appearance in 1982, Jobs has been on the cover alone, or accompanied by one of his inventions, a total of seven times, including a memorial cover the week he died.
But not everyone thinks the Apple co-founder deserves the Person of the Year title. International Business Times argued that, though Jobs has contributed much in his lifetime, during 2011 specifically his cancer battle prevented him from doing enough to qualify for the honor.
“When judged on his contributions to the world this year, Jobs had understandably done very little compared to the other nominees,” wrote the IBT, also pointing out that while Jobs’ products have made our lives more enjoyable, the contributions he has made do not measure up to other nominees who are “fighting to make the world a better place.”
The rest of the Person of the Year nominees were chosen by a 6-person panel that included “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, Attorney Anita Hill, conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist, actor Jesse Eisenberg, “Saturday Night Live” writer and actor Seth Meyers and Chef Mario Batali. Here The Complete List :-
- Elizabeth Warren - U.S. Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren was nominated by attorney Anita Hill.
- Steve Jobs - The late Apple co-founder was nominated by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams.
- Populists - Actor Jesse Eisenberg nominated populists. “The major shifts globally and domestically have been made by individuals that have formed together to resist, reject, and often times even topple leaders. They’ve been movements of populism,” Eisenberg said during his nomination speech.
- Bankers - Bankers were nominated by celebrity chef Mario Batali, because, as he stated in his nomination speech, ”They’re not heroes, but they are people that had a really huge effect on the way the world is operating.”
- Angry People - ”Saturday Night Live” head writer Seth Meyers nominated “angry people” saying, “I do think that angry people are the Person of the Year because I think they’re right to be angry.”
- Mohamed Bouazizi - Conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist nominated the Tunisian vegetable vendor whose horrific self-immolation Norquist credits with setting off the revolutions that would become known as the Arab Spring. Norquist said, ”I think he set off something that wouldn’t have happened without his act, at least not when it did.”
- Michael Pollan - Mario Batali also nominated journalist and food activist Michael Pollan, saying, “In terms of changing the way people think, I’m a big fan of Michael Pollen.”
- Esraa Abdel Fatah - Esraa Abdel Fatah, “one of the lead organizers of the Arab Spring” also received a nomination from Anita Hill.
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