Time’s argument about the person of the year chosen is very relevant in this online diatribe about reading in the US today.
[2006 is] a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.
Wikipedia anyone? I have read six articles there in the last 24 hours. I don’t hit MySpace much and YouTube only gets my attention via one of the 101 blogs I am currently reading every day. But Time chose You (or you and I or us or yall) as the person of the year because we are changing how life is. We’re also changing how reading is done.