Who is “the protester” exactly, you ask? According to Time magazine’s managing editor, Richard Stengel, this year’s Person of the Year encompasses many protesters whose actions made history, from the Arab Spring to Athens; from Occupy Wall Street to Moscow.
Stengel announced Time’s Person of the Year on "Today" Wednesday morning. When asked about this year’s choice, he told Matt Lauer “it felt right.”
As in years past, the magazine’s editors chose a person or group who they feel has had the greatest influence on the events of the year.
"Everywhere, it seems, people said they'd had enough," Stengel said in a statement. “They dissented; they demanded; they did not despair, even when the answers came back in a cloud of tear gas or a hail of bullets. They literally embodied the idea that individual action can bring collective, colossal change.”
Who were some of the other contenders for this year’s title?
#2: William H. McRaven, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command who led the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
#3: Ai WeiWei, the Chinese dissident artist and activist, detained by Chinese authorities for 81 days.
#4: Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican and House Budget Committee Chairman, who brought the issue of swelling national debt to Washington’s attention.
#5: Duchess Kate, who married Prince William and who the magazine says is now “poised to reinvent celebrity with restraint.”
Do you agree with the magazine? Who do you think should have made this year’s cover?