Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Time person of the year.

Time is an interesting magazine and one I buy when it has an Editor who understands that there is life outside of America. I bought a copy last year and it was Ameracentric I will probably buy one again soon and if it is of a reasonable standard buy another. On that note I will give Time a huge tick for  Project Detroit   a  blog initiative that involved Time correspondents  moving to Detroit and  reporting on line on the ongoing demise ( and recovery ) of Detroit. It could be heart breaking but it could also be inspirational but reading it and commenting on it I became a de-facto citisen of Detroit.

Today Time gave us its person of the Year.

The Protester as the cover says" From the Arab spring to Athens, from Occupy Wall Street to Moscow " somewhat surprisingly Occupy Auckland and Occupy the Octagon don't rate a mention on the cover but they may be in the article, I am not holding my breath. I haven't read the article but from MSM.

" Time magazine revealed the 2011 choice for its iconic Person of the Year cover live on TODAY Wednesday. The Protester is this year’s choice, managing editor Rick Stengel told Matt Lauer and Ann Curry.
“There was a lot of consensus among our people,” Stengel told the TODAY anchors as he revealed the magazine’s cover. “It felt right.” "

I have a favourite protest group, it isn't occupy anything though, but more on that later, this is funny, potentially my future Queen  ( although not Head of State ) was in the mix at number 5

" And coming in No. 5: Duchess Kate. Having captured the attention and affection of millions, the magazine says, the former Kate Middleton is now “poised to reinvent celebrity with restraint.” "

That is hard to believe.  However I  remember the Black Adder  Goes Back and Forth programme  and am reminded of the line in the closing music " At last a Queen who looks good naked."  which in turn reminded me of Princes Di and  Marillion's Fish and A Script For A Jesters Tear but don't blame me if it happens.

"  The fool escaped from paradise 
Will look over his  ( her )  shoulder and cry
Sit and chew on daffodils and struggle to answer "Why?" 
As you grow up and leave the playground 
Where you kissed your prince and found your frog
Remember the jester that showed you tears, the script for tears "

Back to my favourite protesters and a group cruelly ignored by Time Magazine.

The Femen   These women are opposed to sex tourism in the Ukraine.

" FEMEN (UkrainianФемен) is a Ukrainian protest group based in Kiev, founded in 2008. The organisation became internationally known for organizing topless protests against sex tourists,international marriage agencies, sexism and other social, national and international ills.[1][4][5][6][7][8][9] Some of the goals of the organisation are: "To develop leadership, intellectual and moral qualities of the young women in Ukraine" and "To build up the image of Ukraine, the country with great opportunities for women".[3] "

Now I love irony and I almost suspect Time Magazine of it except that they really don't get it. The Femen get my vote for protesters of the year.


  1. FEMEN:: Protesting with a good intentions but unfortunately way to protest is very obscene and wired. being topless for protesting would not facilitates the cause but it will have an adverse effect on the movement. kindly Chose a better and respectable way..!!

  2. " Protesting with a good intentions but unfortunately way to protest is very obscene and......."

    I rather suspect being topless has made the movement. Cultures change and I think we are seeing the development of a new feminist movement. Women ( and men ) being topless is legal in NZ.

  3. - Sex-tourism in Ukraine in underground art by Serhiy Kolyada