YOU! Ok, so we admit this may be the slightest bit cheesy, but TIME Magazine has named you and me and all of us that spend our days, nights and afternoons creating and sharing content online as Person of the Year. In the spirit of cheesiness, I would just like to say that the community that all of you have built here on PopSugar epitomizes what TIME Magazine has so eloquently described in its upcoming Person of the Year issue. We thank you for making this community what it is today and for allowing me to introduce so many additions to the Sugar Network. Hearing your feedback in comments, blog posts and polls makes it so much fun to report on all of my favorite gossip every day. Here's more:
Car companies are running open design contests. Reuters is carrying blog postings alongside its regular news feed. Microsoft is working overtime to fend off user-created Linux. We're looking at an explosion of productivity and innovation, and it's just getting started, as millions of minds that would otherwise have drowned in obscurity get backhauled into the global intellectual economy.
Who are these people? Seriously, who actually sits down after a long day at work and says, I'm not going to watch Lost tonight. I'm going to turn on my computer and make a movie starring my pet iguana? I'm going to mash up 50 Cent's vocals with Queen's instrumentals? I'm going to blog about my state of mind or the state of the nation or the steak-frites at the new bistro down the street? Who has that time and that energy and that passion?
The answer is, you do. And for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, TIME's Person of the Year for 2006 is you.