Today, Time Magazine named its annual "Person of the Year" and it is The Protestor.
From Cairo, Egypt to the nationwide locations of the Occupy revolution, Time chose to highlight people across the world that were standing up for change.
"Protests have now occurred in countries whose populations total at least 3 billion people, and the word protest has appeared in newspapers and online exponentially more this past year than at any other time in history," writes Time magazine writer Rick Stengel.
"Everywhere this year, people have complained about the failure of traditional leadership and the fecklessness of institutions. Politicians cannot look beyond the next election, and they refuse to make hard choices. That's one reason we did not select an individual this year. But leadership has come from the bottom of the pyramid, not the top. For capturing and highlighting a global sense of restless promise, for upending governments and conventional wisdom, for combining the oldest of techniques with the newest of technologies to shine a light on human dignity and, finally, for steering the planet on a more democratic though sometimes more dangerous path for the 21st century, the Protester is TIME's 2011 Person of the Year," Stengel contines to write in the introduction piece of Time's elaborate coverage of protestors' fuel and whereabouts.
And as usual, the magazine notes is runner-ups, which include William McRaven, Ai Weiwei, Paul Ryan and Kate Middleton.
To read more about Time and their 2011 choices, visit www.Time.com.
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