TIME’s person of the year…

… is you.

The “Great Man” theory of history is usually attributed to the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that “the history of the world is but the biography of great men.” He believed that it is the few, the powerful and the famous who shape our collective destiny as a species. That theory took a serious beating this year.

The TIME magazine article said that the story of this past year was…

…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.

Even Washington felt the shock waves of the modern internet in the past year. The Coburn-Obama transparency act and the “Macaca” incident were both integral in the emergence of Government 2.0. TIME is noticing a real trend that is shaping global communication and the world as we know it.

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