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Person of the Year 2010 [Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg]
TIME Magazine ^ | 12/15/10 | Lev Grossman

Posted on 12/15/2010 5:16:36 AM PST by Enchante

For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year.

(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2010review; culture; facebook; internet; manoftheyear; media; msm; usa; zuckerberg
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not a surprise - at least they didn't choose Julian Assange

but Sarah Palin and/or the Tea Party would have been a better choice for dramatic influence upon 2010 US public affairs

1 posted on 12/15/2010 5:16:39 AM PST by Enchante
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To: Enchante

What’s Facebook? It sounds like a stalker site.


2 posted on 12/15/2010 5:19:44 AM PST by coaltrain (Obama's a Harvard lawyer like Elvis was a Black Belt)
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To: Enchante

Good choice here. At least it made sense.


3 posted on 12/15/2010 5:20:46 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: Enchante

Who is Mark Zuckerberg?


4 posted on 12/15/2010 5:29:12 AM PST by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: Enchante
This seems like a fair choice.

Facebook has reconnected me with a lot old friends and helps me keep up with family in other states.

5 posted on 12/15/2010 5:37:05 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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To: CAluvdubya

“Facebook has reconnected me with a lot old friends and helps me keep up with family in other states.”

Yep, me too. And therein is the problem.


6 posted on 12/15/2010 5:41:46 AM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Uh oh, sounds like you’re going to have to block a few people! LOL


7 posted on 12/15/2010 5:53:06 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Uh oh, sounds like you’re going to have to block a few people! LOL


8 posted on 12/15/2010 5:53:13 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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To: Enchante

If he is anything like the way he was portrayed in the movie about Facebook, he needs to have the crap kicked out of him for being a major league A$$.


9 posted on 12/15/2010 5:56:14 AM PST by TheRobb7 (BLAMING BUSH NEVER FED A HUNGRY CHILD.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Agreed. Like it or not, Facebook has changed the way people interact.

Younger people don’t exchange phone numbers anymore, they say “Facebook me.”

I can keep tabs on friends and family I would ordinarily talk to once a year (or less) by what they post on their Facebook wall.

Some curmudgeons may call this entirely voluntary system (by both parties) “stalking.” Others recognize its impact in modern culture - as Time Magazine rightfully has.


10 posted on 12/15/2010 5:57:31 AM PST by Dan Nunn (Support the NRA!)
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To: TheRobb7
If he is anything like the way he was portrayed in the movie about Facebook

He isn't. What, Hollywood lie to make a dramatic storyline? Say it ain't so!

That being said, recognizing it for a (mostly) true story, it was a great movie.

11 posted on 12/15/2010 5:59:34 AM PST by Dan Nunn (Support the NRA!)
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To: CAluvdubya

That’s what I did. Nothing wrong with blocking some people you don’t like.


12 posted on 12/15/2010 6:02:36 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: Dan Nunn

No doubt. Wife and I enjoyed the movie, but that character reminded me of the kind of guy that I want to slap silly.

Of course now we have people so addicted to Facebook that I swear that they snort the letters right off the screen.

THAT is when you know your product is successful!


13 posted on 12/15/2010 6:03:31 AM PST by TheRobb7 (BLAMING BUSH NEVER FED A HUNGRY CHILD.)
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To: Enchante

Facebook has led to several discoveries:

1) All the ‘hot’ girls from high school got real Fat

2) One of my cousins came roaring out of the closet

3) One of my siblings is a closet democrat voter.

4) Another sibling claims to be conservative yet draws EVERY welfare program available in NY State

5) My ‘stuck in the 60’ hippy, new age uncle is actually a hard core GOP voter.

6) Many friends of friends LOATHE Christianity...many of them younger folk.

7) My Prozac addicted mother is really nuts.

8) The biggest hair-bags and druggies in high school are now senior officers,NCO’s in the military(they cleaned up)

9) Former friends who can’t take the hint that there is a reason I haven’t talked to them in 20 years yet still try to friend me.

10) People who share every tidbit of information about their day probably don’t have much of a life.


14 posted on 12/15/2010 6:03:43 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Great list! Love it.


15 posted on 12/15/2010 6:06:16 AM PST by ilgipper
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To: Enchante

There is life without facebook.


16 posted on 12/15/2010 6:08:35 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Enchante

Not surprised. It must have something to do with a certain movie called “The Social Network”.


17 posted on 12/15/2010 6:11:45 AM PST by Biggirl (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! GO UCONN!!!!:)=^..^=)
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To: Rebelbase
There is life without facebook.
Watching this recent episode of South Park (which BLASTED facebook) confirms your opinion. :o)
"You have 0 friends."

18 posted on 12/15/2010 6:20:41 AM PST by RonDog
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To: Dan Nunn

“...as Time Magazine rightfully has.”

Yes, when I need to know how to think, I look to Time to point me in the right direction. How can a bunch of lefty journalists with no real world experience steer me wrong?


19 posted on 12/15/2010 6:27:16 AM PST by coaltrain (Obama's a Harvard lawyer like Elvis was a Black Belt)
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To: Enchante
Facebook is a plague.

If you think Hollywood gives voice to incompetent weirdos, Facebook gives a planetary megaphone to absolute doorknobs.

That and twitter. And the other one...MySpace (which is apparently dying, hooray!)


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

20 posted on 12/15/2010 6:28:26 AM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: coaltrain

Tahe choice is as fatuous as the magazine itself.


21 posted on 12/15/2010 6:32:47 AM PST by Melchior
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To: The Comedian
Facebook gives a planetary megaphone to absolute doorknobs.?

Facebook (and its popularity) is really just a symptom.

The disease is the "look at me!" and "please like me!" attitude that has infected our modern society.

The rugged individualism that was the bedrock for the creation of America has been replaced with a herd mentality of "go along to get along."

22 posted on 12/15/2010 6:36:59 AM PST by been_lurking
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To: The Comedian

Agreed.


23 posted on 12/15/2010 6:38:40 AM PST by 4Runner
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To: coaltrain
Yes, when I need to know how to think, I look to Time to point me in the right direction. How can a bunch of lefty journalists with no real world experience steer me wrong?

Uh? I said they were right this time. Not that everything they ever print was right. Lay off the trigger, son.

24 posted on 12/15/2010 6:41:21 AM PST by Dan Nunn (Support the NRA!)
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To: The Comedian

The Net has done that in general.


25 posted on 12/15/2010 6:42:09 AM PST by Borges
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Status update: After eating a bowl of cheerios, I went to the bathroom for a much needed bowel movement.


26 posted on 12/15/2010 6:46:43 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Awesome.I give you a “like” for that.


27 posted on 12/15/2010 6:52:16 AM PST by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: Enchante

to many people losing jobs and marriages due to stupid things they say on facebook.

I never plan to be on it but if I do it will be with an alias.

as always,

Vaquero


28 posted on 12/15/2010 6:52:22 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Enchante

Actually, Sarah’s most effective use of Facebook is good supporting evidence for the choice. I want her to peak in 2012 on the first Tuesday in November.


29 posted on 12/15/2010 7:00:42 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012: don't retreat, just reload)
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To: tgusa

Who the hell is he. Don’t do facebook. It invades your privacy.


30 posted on 12/15/2010 7:02:15 AM PST by Benchim
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To: Enchante
Mort Zuckerberg?

The guy that owns the kosher deli down by the ball park?

31 posted on 12/15/2010 7:03:06 AM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: coaltrain

>> What’s Facebook? It sounds like a stalker site.

It’s like a book of mug shots only the mugs provide the context and they (usually) aren’t in jail yet.

No, I’m not in it. :)


32 posted on 12/15/2010 7:06:40 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Grammar police off-duty. But I saw what you did.)
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To: NonValueAdded; Enchante
Best comment yet.

Sarah's successful use of FB to bring down the left in 2010 is the best reason to make Mark "Person of the Year."

(But I don't think that's what Time intended, do you? ;*)

33 posted on 12/15/2010 7:08:13 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: Enchante

Exactly.

Sarah dominated 2010, and we now have a GOP House as a result.


34 posted on 12/15/2010 7:09:26 AM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: CAluvdubya
I ordered a new Porsche and commented about it on my Facebook page - to wit: "I can't wait for my 911"

Overnight, 4000 Muslims 'friended' me.

35 posted on 12/15/2010 7:10:50 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Enchante

I thought Fox said they DID pick Assange. OK, well, I’m not sure this was the year that Facebook took over, but he did have a movie about him come out, and I think FB really is revolutionary in that people generally don’t hide behind a pseudonym, and most of the friends are people you actually know.


36 posted on 12/15/2010 7:14:19 AM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: Benchim

I can ruin your privacy, if you let it. Like anything else, responsibility is in the hands of the person using it. I have really enjoyed FB for catching up w/ old friends, seeing photos of their kids, sharing mine, etc. It has been a kick to see old high school friends I haven’t seen in 25 years.

That said, it also gets really annoying to hear everyone’s obsession with sports teams. I swear, for some people, it’s all about sports and TV shows. Either that’s all they’ve got, or they’re trying to avoid saying anything controversial.


37 posted on 12/15/2010 7:14:29 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: The Comedian

>> That and twitter. And the other one...MySpace

Heh. I don’t do any of them. My parents didn’t do drugs in the ‘70s. My grandparents didn’t drink hooch in speakeasies.

I have a teenage sibling who isn’t allowed to twitter, and I’m thinking our next generation won’t be teleporting after 11pm either.

But at times it feels very...marginal.


38 posted on 12/15/2010 7:14:41 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Grammar police off-duty. But I saw what you did.)
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To: CAluvdubya

There is just something about it... somebody can move away and if they’re a Facebook friend, it’s like they never left. You get insights into what people you know are thinking, sometimes too many insights. It makes communicating with family who aren’t so good at keeping their email programs working simple and easy. I know a lot of people have their concerns, but it’s a fantastically valuable service. And, the ads are generally not obnoxious - they have found a non-irritating way to advertise. I don’t know what the click-thru rate is, or how much they’re making off it, but I appreciate that they aren’t in my face, or jumping up when I’m trying to do something, or making noises that scare me half to death.


39 posted on 12/15/2010 7:21:32 AM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: Rebelbase

There is life without facebook.


Yep. I get along very well without facebook.


40 posted on 12/15/2010 7:21:32 AM PST by unkus
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To: MinorityRepublican
Good choice here. At least it made sense.

Yeah, I agree as well. Facebook has made a pretty big impact in the way people stay in touch with one another.

Though I'm not quite sure why it was that Facebook succeeded while Myspace (which had been around for years) just kinda foundered. Does anyone use Myspace anymore?

41 posted on 12/15/2010 7:23:20 AM PST by Drew68
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To: ichabod1

Why am I looking for the “Like” button after reading your post?


42 posted on 12/15/2010 7:24:46 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: ichabod1

I suspect the “leak” [npi] about Assange was a publicity stunt, and a good one at that - it sure got everyone talking.


43 posted on 12/15/2010 7:24:54 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012: don't retreat, just reload)
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To: ohioWfan

not Time nor Zuckerberg!


44 posted on 12/15/2010 7:25:56 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012: don't retreat, just reload)
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To: Drew68
Though I'm not quite sure why it was that Facebook succeeded while Myspace (which had been around for years) just kinda foundered.

I'd attribute it to two reasons, one because of Myspace and one because of Facebook.

First, Myspace allowed (and encouraged) aliases, whereas Facebook requires real names in profiles. It's tough to find your friends or your friends to find you when profiles are made up of users like "Sugar_Lady21" and "GymDude411."

Second, Facebook's rollout was gradual - it started college only (college by college), then companies, then high school, then anyone. It created envy among those who were not in the "cool group" of Facebook users, and the ones who were allowed viewed it as an exclusive club. When they were allowed to sign up, they were met with an already-large network of people to interact with. It was a brilliant growth strategy (even if unintended - it was originally meant to manage the growth and their available resources). People soon forgot they even had Myspace profiles.

45 posted on 12/15/2010 7:38:13 AM PST by Dan Nunn (Support the NRA!)
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To: Enchante

“Tea Party? What Tea Party? What election?”—The editors of Time


46 posted on 12/15/2010 7:38:35 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: unkus

Every holiday when the kids and I go home my near 60 year old sister asks them why they haven’t “friended” her on Facebook.

They are smart enough to know she’d probably lose her bowels over some of the stuff that gets posted on their facebook pages.


47 posted on 12/15/2010 7:39:56 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Enchante

Years ago when MySpace was the rage I found it a great tool to keep track of what my kids were doing and who they were hanging out with.


48 posted on 12/15/2010 7:43:13 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Dan Nunn
I'd attribute it to two reasons, one because of Myspace and one because of Facebook.

Very good points. Makes sense.

49 posted on 12/15/2010 7:49:45 AM PST by Drew68
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To: been_lurking

I use my FB page to tweak all my lib friends! Post stuff slamming the dems, etc. Can be QUITE entertaining at times. I’m sure many of my ‘friends’ have blocked me, just as I block all the people who spend their time building their farms, or posting that they are off to go shopping, etc.


50 posted on 12/15/2010 7:54:23 AM PST by Mama Shawna
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