[Marxism] Chavez wins "Person of the Year" poll ... Time magazine ignores result
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Mon Dec 18 16:24:53 MST 2006
Chavez wins "Person of the Year" poll ... Time magazine ignores result
(http://www.handsoffvenezuela.org/index2.php?option=com_content&task=emailform&id=793&itemid=43) By Hands Off Venezuela
Monday, 18 December 2006
A few days ago, Time Magazine announced the winner of its annual "Person of
the Year" award. Many supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution will be
disappointed to hear that Hugo Chavez did not make it despite the fact that he won
Time's online poll by a wide margin and got 35% of the votes. This is
significant, as Chavez had been the number 1 in the poll for several weeks and was
clearly set to win the award.
Instead, it seems we all have won the award! Indeed, the 2006 Person of the
Year is "you" and much is made of the Web 2.0 and one of its foremost
brainchildren, the online video service YouTube. For that matter Hands Off Venezuela
is also a happy user of YouTube, but still we find it quite amazing that not
a word is said about why the winner of Time's own readers poll is simply
ignored and not even mentioned.
The link to their online poll is simply not there any more, although after
some Google searching we traced it back to
_www.time.com/time/personoftheyear/2006/walkup/_ (http://www.time.com/time/personoftheyear/2006/walkup/) , where
you can see the results for yourself. You don't have to be a believer in
conspiracy theories to assume that clearly the Time Magazine editorial board was
not happy with the choice of its readers! Surely the so-called "liberal"
magazine did not like the result of its own poll and decided to push its own
candidate, "the YouTube guys".
Interestingly, the present issue of Time carries another article called
"Power to the People" (read it _here_
(http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1569526,00.html) ), which starts by saying:
"Meet 15 citizens-including a French rapper, a relentless reviewer and a
real life lonely girl-of the new digital democracy"
In the whole magazine there are many lauding words for this "digital
democracy" but ironically Time decided to ignore its own "digital democracy" and
hide the fact that 35% voted for Hugo Chavez and 21% for the Iranian President
It is true that an online poll is not a very scientific tool but surely it
would have been worth to at least point out who won the Time poll in the first
place? If not, what is the point of organising one on your own website?
Maybe because they did not want the winner to be a popular President of a country
where "power to the people" is not just an empty phrase but is being
implemented in practice in the real world, and who has been democratically elected
time and time again?
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