The leaders of the Occupy movement will be building an organization and recruiting new protesters for the next phase of their operation this winter. The protesters also have captured the attention of the entire country, and shifted the national conversation to economic inequality.
And now they have gotten the attention of Time magazine, who named generic “The Protester” as its 2011 Person of the Year.
Many people predicted late Apple CEO Steve Jobs would be the 2011 winner. But Jobs was not a contender, according to the Washington Post. He doesn't have the best history with the magazine. Back in 1982 Jobs believed he was being profiled for Man of the Year honors, but learned that Time had selected the personal computer as “Machine of the Year.” And Jobs considered the article on him “awful.”
Time has acknowledged the protests taking place in Egypt, Tunisia and Russia affected their decision. According to Syracuse.com, Time credits the rise in protests to technology and social media in spreading their cause’s message.Time said the U.S. Occupy movement was started by a couple of magazine editors, a 69-year-old Canadian, a 29-year-old African American, and a 50-year-old anthropologist.
The magazine did pay tribute, however, to Jobs in its “Fond Farewells” section.
John Lassiter of Pixar Animation Studios said Jobs wanted to leave Pixar, which he had purchased in 1986, to return to Apple because the world would be better with the company in it.
“That was incredibly touching to me, and it showed that Steve cared about people,” said Lassiter. “ He knew that his products and technology could improve people's lives.”
About the decision of “The Protester,” Time managing editor Rick Stengel commented that the award isn’t a “lifetime achievement award.”