This is the 50th year that Time magazine has devoted a cover and issue to the Person of Year.
Most of us would automatically that person and their list of finalists to be positive and helped contribute to society, but like me, you would be wrong. According to Time, they select the person or group whom they feel has most influential, news wise, over the past year.
This year, their ten finalists include questionable people such as Colin Kaepernick, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Obama’s Dreamers, Robert Mueller, Chinese President Xi Jinping and #Me Too.
Others on the list include Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Patty Jenkins who directed the latest Wonder Woman movie.
(Time) – The shortlist of candidates for TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year was unveiled Monday morning on NBC’s Today. Since 1927, TIME has identified the Person of the Year, recognizing the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year, for better or for worse.
In recent years, the shortlist for Person of the Year has included Hillary Clinton, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Black Lives Matter activists, CRISPR scientists and Beyoncé.
In alphabetical order, the 10 finalists selected by TIME editors this year are:
I’ve always questioned Time’s title of Person of the Year because it makes it sound like an award given to a positive person. However, when they began giving the annual award to such negative impacting people such as Black Lives Matter, Vladimir Putin and Mark Zuckerberg who is using Facebook to silence the First Amendment rights of the American people, it causes me to lose all respect for Time magazine.