Friday 17 December 2010

Has TIME magazine lost touch with the masses!

TIME Magazine asked readers to vote for "TIME's 2010 Person of Year" highlighting that their editors reserve the right to disagree with the voting public. Poll results were as follows:

1 Julian Assange 382026
2 Recep Tayyip Erdogan 233640
3 Lady Gaga 146378
4 Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert 78145
5 Glenn Beck 91746
6 Barack Obama 27478
7 Steve Jobs 24810
8 The Chilean Miners 29124
9 The Unemployed American 19605
10 Mark Zuckerberg 18353

And the editors chose to disagree. TIME's 2010 person of the year is not Julian Assange with 382026 votes but Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg with only 18353 votes. Though TIME's editors were upfront about their choice for not listening to the readers voice and chose someone who was considered to be far less influential in 2010, no wonder readers are chosing other ways to make their voice heard - by not subscribing to TIME - reportedly TIME's circulation dropped by 30% in second half of 2009 alone. Can Wisdom of the crowd be ignored in this age of social media!

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