Time's Person of the Year: "The Protester"
Yay for revolution! The inspiring and sobering story of this year of global uprising--from Egypt and Tunisia to Bahrain, Wisconsin, Spain, Wall Street and Moscow--is by now is familiar, but it's the narrative that makes up the story behind Time Magazine's "person" of the year.
The Tunisian fruit vendor who set himself on fire sparked a light that spread to Tahrir Square and created bloody uprisings in the Middle East to peaceful but painful ones ones here in the US, Time describes the current of dissent blowing around the world this year:
In Sidi Bouzid and Tunis, in Alexandria and Cairo; in Arab cities and towns across the 6,000 miles from the Persian Gulf to the Atlantic Ocean; in Madrid and Athens and London and Tel Aviv; in Mexico and India and Chile, where citizens mobilized against crime and corruption; in New York and Moscow and dozens of other U.S. and Russian cities, the loathing and anger at governments and their cronies became uncontainable and fed on itself.
Read more here and click through for great packages including photo portraits of protesters.. Below, watch a video in which the editor of Time discusses this choice and a "why we protest" video focusing on American uprisings.