I'd heard a rumor that "consumer generated content" -- i.e. you, us, all of us! -- was Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year (Dec. 25, 2006 issue). Turns out it's true. More later but wanted to get this up.
In a word, this is very cool. Touché!
"But look at 2006 through a different lens and you'll see another story, one that isn't about conflict or great men. It's a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It's about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people's network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It's about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes."
- from Time cover story (Dec. 25, 2006)
And then this sentence:
"We're looking at an explosion of productivity and innovation, and it's just getting started, as (Ed note: itals are mine) millions of minds that would otherwise have drowned in obscurity get backhauled into the global intellectual economy."
- Time (Dec. 25, 2006 cover story)