Time Magazin vsako leto izbere osebnost leta. Letošnje leto je bilo drugačno od lanskega in odločili so se, da nagrado podelijo Vladimirju Putinu.
In zakaj je Vladimir Putin oseba, ki si zasluži to nagrado? Razlago je podal urednik tednika Time Richard Stengel: “TIME’s Person of the Year is not and never has been an honor. It is not an endorsement. It is not a popularity contest. At its best, it is a clear-eyed recognition of the world as it is and of the most powerful individuals and forces shaping that worldâ€”for better or for worse. It is ultimately about leadershipâ€”bold, earth-changing leadership. Putin is not a boy scout. He is not a democrat in any way that the West would define it. He is not a paragon of free speech. He stands, above all, for stabilityâ€”stability before freedom, stability before choice, stability in a country that has hardly seen it for a hundred years. Whether he becomes more like the man for whom his grandfather prepared blinisâ€”who himself was twice TIME’s Person of the Yearâ€”or like Peter the Great, the historical figure he most admires; whether he proves to be a reformer or an autocrat who takes Russia back to an era of repressionâ€”this we will know only over the next decade. At significant cost to the principles and ideas that free nations prize, he has performed an extraordinary feat of leadership in imposing stability on a nation that has rarely known it and brought Russia back to the table of world power. For that reason, Vladimir Putin is TIME’s 2007 Person of the Year.” (vir)
Lansko nagrado za osebnost leta smo dobili vsi, ki soustvarjamo intenet. Oz. obrazložitev Timovega kritika Leva Grossmana je bila: “Timova osebnost leta 2006 ste vi, ker ste vzeli v svoje roke svetovne medije, ustvarili novo digitalno demokracijo, ker delate brezplačno..”
Če vas zanimajo vse Time Magazin osebnosti leta, si lahko to ogledate TUKAJ. Med drugim je bil osebnost leta tudi Hitler.