In a Surprising Move Time Magazine Names the Person of the Year “The Protester”

16th December 2011

By Madison Ruppert

Contributing Writer – Wake Up World

Traditionally, the person of the year is an actual person, a single individual who is noteworthy for one reason or another. This individual’s face is then printed on countless copies of the magazine across the world, but this year is quite different.

Time’s choice this year couldn’t be a further departure from their history, especially given that last year’s person of the year was Mark Zuckerberg, the man behind the now wildly popular and controversial Facebook.

Instead of honoring a politician, businessperson, or other single individual, Time took a great leap in giving the award to “the protester.”

This year has been marked by significant upheaval and popular protest throughout the world, especially in the Middle East as we saw with the now famous “Arab Spring” revolts across several nations.

We have also witnessed the “Occupy” movement rise to prominence, starting in New York City and spreading throughout the United States and then the world.

While the demographics of these protests vary wildly, all of the protesters have one thing in common: they are upset and they aren’t going to sit back and take it anymore.

This is very encouraging for many of us given that so much of the world has been systematically oppressed and marginalized by a dominant minority that controls the world through unimaginable wealth and political influence.

Unfortunately, the reaction from police and governments around the globe has not been as positive as the treatment given in Time to the people demonstrating in the streets.

In many cases, brutal oppression met the passionate activists, and in some cases the crackdown was ruthless and bloody, as we witnessed in Egypt.

In the case of Egypt, the violence has never stopped and while many bill the uprising there as a successful revolution, in reality the people are still demonstrating and attempting to create a just, fair society in the wake of ousting Mubarak.

In the United States, there has been significant police brutality in almost every major city, with Occupy Wall Street protesters being corralled, pepper sprayed, beaten, locked up en masse, and more.

In other American metropolitan centers, activists have been viciously evicted by police outfitted in menacing riot gear and armed with caustic chemicals, “non-lethal” weaponry, and a willingness to use their equipment against the peaceful protesters.

Yet despite all of the opposition and inhumane treatment so many of the demonstrators have experienced, they refused to give in, take no for an answer and go home.

It is clear that while in the case of the United States, no radical change has been achieved as of yet, at least the demonstrators have been making an impact on the hearts and minds of Americans and others around the globe.

The mainstream media can no longer ignore and marginalize the protests and the popular discontent as some kind of fad or passing craze.

The people of the world are upset and they’re not going to take it anymore. It is great to see popular publications with massive distributions like Time are beginning to realize that they had better embrace this movement or be left in the dust.

Hopefully this encouraging trend will continue and the protests will start to actually bring about meaningful change and with it a more peaceful society that works for equality and justice for all, not just the absurdly wealthy and politically connected.

About the Authour

Madison Ruppert is the Editor and Owner-Operator of the alternative news and analysis database End The Lie and has no affiliation with any NGO, political party, economic school, or other organization/cause. He is available for podcast and radio interviews. If you have questions, comments, or corrections feel free to contact him at [email protected]


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  • Change the minds and the rest will follow. Until then fear stops good men and women doing what they know is right. It’s my mission to get Mind Yoga into the hands of everyone on the planet. Then the story will be different.

  • An ‘honor’? Really? When recipients of previous Persons of the Year ‘honors’ have included Adolf Hitler, Wernher von Braun, Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

    ‘The Protester’ does appear to stand apart from that list of murderers and war criminals, so is this a huge ‘departure from TIME’s history’? On the surface it would seem to be, but I’m not convinced.

    The owner of TIME magazine, Time Warner (formerly AOL Time Warner) is one of the world’s largest media conglomerates. Among its many subsidiaries are CNN. It is, in Occupyspeak, part of the 1%. Now why is part of the 1% promoting that which is seeking to remove its stranglehold? Another question, why is a media mouth of one of the biggest media conglomerates in the world singing the praises of those designated ‘domestic terrorists’ by the City of London police in the UK, and the more vague-sounding but ultimately the same ‘threats to national security’ under the National Defense Authorization Act in the US?

    I don’t have the answers to those questions, but do feel that more people should be asking them. The American Everyman blog presents an interesting theory that links the move with deliberate attempts to equate the fake Syrian and Russian “protests” with the Occupy Movement

    My advice, in every case, take nothing at face value. Question everything.

    Regarding the image above of the clenched fist I would recommend reading the information at In it I articulate my early unease about the certain aspects of the Occupy movement. The fist logo appears in an article included in the post that presents information that suggests the existence of an FBI COINTELPRO (COunter INTELligence PROgram). The material needs to be examined with an open mind and used a a point for further personal research.

    Knowledge is power. Your ignorance is their bliss.

  • Greg

    Nice posts

  • abcdyoudontknowme

    Basically in my eyes it is like throwing an opiate at heroin addict. This is just an attempt to calm the people who know things are fucked up by giving them this fake “victory”. Big whoop we got noticed on a magazine which probably promotes a false story and image of what protesters really care about. Its a win the for the wannabe controllers of the people, both ways.