Time Magazine Person of the Year: You (Pass the Kool Aid) but Where Do You End and Mainstream Media Begin?

The annual Time Magazine person of the year is slightly different this year….in their own words….

"But 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."

Oh, but do they really like us or are they just sucking up?テつ

CK,テつ who I had the opportunity to meet at Toby’s Bipartisan Blogger’s Wonk, says, "It’s a pivotal moment to see a magazine that has boasted many presidents, philanthropists and visionaries in this annual top spot recognize the impact of a lot of "little guys" and, in so doing, relay that control is no longer in the hands of the few."

Yes, the winner is you…the content creators of the web. And I am flattered, really,テつ to be a winning "you." I just wish they didn’t sound so….so much like us? So, Web 2.OMG! Group hug, pass the Kool-Aid.

But read on, "for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game". If you are working for nothing, how are you beating the pros at their own game. Professional=pay; amateur= no pay. Right?

Well, Steve Rubel says that he and Robert Scoble and John Furrier have started an "important discussion" about where does citizen’s media end and mainstream media begin. Their answer is, Steve says: getting paid, in real time cash money. The mainstream media is using our stuff…blogs, wikis, podcasts and so on; they even try to write in a more casual style. On the other side, there are lots of bloggers whose blogs and podcasts and videos provide them with their primary source of income; income from advertising. So, this means just one thing: they are media. If you are passing the Kool Aid and supporting yourself from your Kool Aid stand….by Steve’s definition as well as Time’s, you are not a person of the year.

Well, I hate to have to note that there does not seem to be any diversity in this important discussion among Steve, Robert and John…we askテつ not "Where are the Women Bloggers?" but where is their voice in the important discussion?

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