Assange Won Readers' Poll, But TIME Chooses Zuckerberg for Person of the Year

Just two days ago, TIME magazine reportedthat an overwhelming number of its readers had voted for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as their "person of the year": "Readers voted a total of 1,249,425 times, and the favorite was clear. Julian Assange raked in 382,020 votes, giving him an easy first place."

But this morning on the TODAY show, TIME editors unveiled their "Person"--Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a far less polarizing choice to grace the cover of the weekly magazine.

While both men are founders of controversial tech empires which have arguably changed the social fabric, the difference between the two is clear: to generalize, Assange's innovation has targeted government secrecy while Facebook has changed our personal lives.

It's certainly true that Assange--a top runner up along with the trapped Chilean miners and the Tea Party  makes the young Zuckerberg look like a docile choice in comparison.

Read more at Time Magazine.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at December 15, 2010, 6:01am

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