In 2006, TIME Magazine writer Lev Grossman made an astounding announcement. Instead of declaring a single individual as TIME’s person of the year, Grossman wrote, “TIME’s Person of the Year for 2006 is you.”
Person of the Year is a distinguished title, so I was quite surprised upon reading this article. Grossman, however, does provide an interesting piece of evidence backing his publication.
2006 is, “…a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before,” states Grossman. “It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace.”
The World Wide Web, Grossman explains, is responsible for the rise of collaboration in 2006. The increase of this 21st Century literacy (see my previous blog post concerning these literacies) yielded countless Facebook profiles, YouTube videos, podcast recordings, Wikipedia entries, and so much more.
In reality, TIME’s 2006 person of the year is not a singular individual, it is all of us. Web 2.0, which focuses on user-generated content- is constantly evolving. People are always contributing to the growth of “the machine.”
In 2006, I was only nine years old. I was contributing very little to Web 2.0. Today, however, I write blog posts, possess a myriad of social networking profiles, snap countless photos for online posting, and perform a number of other actions in the digital scape on a daily basis.
Now, I myself- as well as anyone else with Internet access- can live up to the title of “Person of the Year.” I am proud to be a part of Web 2.0, and I am proud to be my own Person of the Year.