Hey, Time Magazine voted me Person of the Year! Wait - actually, it's YOU. Yes, really. Check it out: TIME.com: Person of the Year: You.
... look at 2006 through a different lens and you'll see another story, one that isn't about conflict or great men. It's 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.
The tool that makes this possible is the World Wide Web. Not the Web that Tim Berners-Lee hacked together (15 years ago, according to Wikipedia) as a way for scientists to share research. It's not even the overhyped dotcom Web of the late 1990s. The new Web is a very different thing. It's a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as if it were a new version of some old software. But it's really a revolution.
I would have posted this earlier, but I had the darndest time picking a title for this entry. My iTunes library offered up the following wisecracks:
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (Bachman Turner Overdrive)
You're So Vain (Carly Simon)
You Got Lucky (Tom Petty)
You Tripped At Every Step (Elvis Costello)
You Know You Wrong (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy)
You'll Never Be Alone (Anastacia)
You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Meat Loaf)
You Sure Love To Ball (Marvin Gaye)
You Should Be Dancing (Bee Gees)
You Dream Too Much (Richard Thompson)
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (Leo Sayer)
You Make Loving Fun (Fleetwood Mac)
You Love The Thunder (Jackson Browne)
You Gotta Survive (Tom Robinson Band)
And that's just some of the songs that *begin* with "You". I'm sure I'll come up with more later today. Care to chime in? And do you really think YOU are the person of the year? I thought 2006 had been the year of bacon.