Posts Tagged ‘Time’

Living abroad has given me the opportunity to view my country of birth through another lens. I have written before about how my perceptions of life in the United States has changed since I moved abroad.

I have also written in the past in this e-space about how I do not like e-books.

This post takes those two concepts and combines them into one.

While I don’t read books on my e-reader on a regular basis, I have found a new non-Angry Birds thing to use my electronic reader for. I use it now to read magazines. Rather than wait the week or two (or three or four or five) it would take my currents events publication to arrive in Thailand, I have opted to have the latest and greatest issue dropped into my e-library. While I enjoy reading about the latest tomfoolery occurring in Washington, D.C., New York City, or Cedar City (Utah), the latest issue I received from TIME magazine gave me pause about said magazine and how they view their audience.

The latest issue (Vol. 182 No. 12) from September 16, 2013, that was downloaded on to my tiny screen has a cover story about paying college athletes. Nothing odd about that as the college football season is starting up in the States so it seems like a timely topic.

However, when I was at our local Thai store, I saw the Asian edition of TIME and was confronted with a different cover. Here, look for yourself…

One of these things is not like the other

One of these things is not like the other

So the international editors of TIME thought that a piece about Russian President Vladimir Putin should be on the cover. Well, that makes sense too as Putin has been vocal about not attacking Syria for their alleged use of chemical weapons.

But why? Why is there such a difference between the covers of the American edition of TIME and the non-American versions?

I surmise this is because the editors at TIME think the State-side readers are morons.

Here America stands on the brink of yet another war in the Middle East and one the main global players, the Russian President, stands opposed to such a military adventure. This might be a good time for readers from Hawaii to Maine to know more about Mr. Putin, the ex-KGB agent, the man who thinks the chemical attacks in the suburbs of Damascus was done by the rebels. So, it might seem like a good idea to hook the reader into this serious issue by placing Putin’s face on the cover so that the impulse magazine buyer would want to buy TIME. Apparently, the editors at TIME think that people around the world are interested enough in this issue and this man to put Putin on the cover. Also apparently, the editors of TIME don’t think Americans are that interested and resorted to putting a picture of a college athlete on the cover to attract U.S. readers.

I would tend to think that American readers are smarter than that and would be interested to pick up TIME if they same Putin on the cover. But that’s why I’m not an editor.


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This week sees the annual celebration known as Shark Week, but in the halls of our family, this week is also the time that my beautiful wife and I toast the day we were married.

Seventeen years ago, she and I tied the knot. In that time, we have moved across the country and across the ocean. In that time, we have raised a trio of fabulous children.

It seems like such a long time ago that we exchanged our vows. In one sense, seventeen years is a blink, but in another sense the world is a vastly different place from when she and I were single.

In 1995…

…the Web browser that was set to rule the wired world was Mosaic. (Interesting point of fact: Version 1.0 of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer also turns 17 this week.);

…searching the World Wide Web was done via sites such as Lycos, Webcrawler, and AltaVista.

…Apple Computers was a company on its death bed. Don’t take my word for it, here’s the assessment by Steve Jobs (then working at NeXT Computer) during an April 1995 interview with the Daniel Morrow :

What ruined Apple was values. John Sculley ruined Apple and he ruined it by bringing a set of values to the top of Apple which were corrupt and corrupted some of the top people who were there, drove out some of the ones who were not corruptible, and brought in more corrupt ones and paid themselves collectively tens of millions of dollars and cared more about their own glory and wealth than they did about what built Apple in the first place–which was making great computers for people to use…
Unless somebody pulls a rabbit out of a hat, companies tend to have long glide slopes because of the installed bases. But Apple is just gliding down this slope and they’re loosing market share every year. Things start to spiral down once you get under a certain threshold. And when developers no longer write applications for your computer, that’s when it really starts to fall apart.

(Perhaps Jobs meant to say an “iRabbit out of a hat”);

…the national debt stood at $4,942,932,713,160.94 (the current total is nearly 4 times that amount);

…the only American hardware on Mars were Viking I and Viking II;

…Mark Zuckerberg was 11 and a facebook was that thing that new students to a college or university received that had pictures of all the freshmen;

…the word “twitter” was always preceded by “a-“;

…Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny could only be seen in The Spirit of Christmas;

…Madonna, U2, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Aeromsith were popular in the world of music;

(Okay, not much has changed with that last item, so try this…)

…The Rembrandts, Hootie and the Blowfish, the Presidents of the United States of America, Des’ree, and the Backstreet Boys were also popular in the world of music; and

…Micheal Phelps was 10, had won zero Olympic medals, but did already hold a swimming record for his age group.

Yep, it’s a different world.

In fact, we’ve been married so long that we now fall off the list of traditional wedding gifts. We have to wait until there is a “0” or “5” after our anniversary number to know what to gifts to give each other.

Regardless of the amount of time that has passed, it is a wonderful ride and I can’t wait to see what the next 99 years have in store.

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So while I erred in my prediction that the Tea Party would win the 2010 TIME Magazine Person of the Year, I do have to admit that I do not argue with the choice of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Granted, it wasn’t my first choice (or even my second), but I can see why TIME choose him given the ubiquitous nature of that website.

TIME magazine, of late, has made, in my mind, appropriate choices for their annual honor (Ben Bernanke – 2009, Barack Obama – 2008, Vladimir Putin – 2007), but this was not always the case. While the 2006 choice of “You” generated some negative buzz, I actually believe the honor lost some of its luster with its choice in 2001.

Over the years I have kept a variety of journals and writings and I discovered this entry from Janaury 4, 2002, where I opine about the choice.

So New York mayor Rudolph Guiliani has been named Person of the Year by TIME Magazine.

The editors of TIME have no balls and should be stripped of the power of naming the Person of the Year.

The criteria for selection is the person who has impacted the news the most over the year for good or for ill. It’s so obvious it’s painful that that person is Osama bin Laden (OBL). Evil folks have won the award before such as Hitler, Stalin, and the Ayatollah Khomeni so naming OBL would not have been a precedent.

No…the editors of TIME lost their backbone and concluded that they couldn’t name OBL as the Person of the Year. I defy anyone to name a person who has influenced the news more that OBL. If being responsible for the death of over three thousand people, the destruction of the World Trade Center, damaging the Pentagon, and causing the US military to use four aircraft carriers and assorted hardware to invade a country isn’t enough of an impact, then what is?

OF course it is OBL himself who is responsible for the in the rehabilitation of the Mayor. This is not to demean what Guiliani has done in being a “tower of strength” for the city and the country with this demeanor and poise, but without the huge tragedy that OBL orchestrated, Guiliani would only be remembered in 2001 for having prostate cancer and being engaged in a messy love traingle with his wife and girlfriend.

Back to 2010 and I’m glad the editors of TIME are back on the ball with picking people of relevance again.

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The time has finally come to turn the mirror of veridiction (my own name for the practice of verifying predictions) on myself as I show the results of my predicition from an earlier post where I opined that the Tea Party would be TIME magazine’s Person of the Year for 2010.

Well, I was wrong, as Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of the social networking site, Facebook, was granted that honor.

I still think the Tea Party should have won. How cool would that have been to have been given that honor just one day short of the 237th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

Well, I guess I’m not that good at predicting things…which is actually a good idea for a post for another day.

A penultimate note – While it has been noted that Zuckerberg is the second-youngest winner of this honor (Charles Lindbergh in 1927 was the youngest), Zuckerberg is actually only the fifth businessman since 1955 to be given the honor. Other executives so honored include Jeff Bezos of Amazon (1999), Andrew Grove of Intel (1997), Ted Turner of Turner Broadcasting (1991), and Harlow Curtice of General Motors (1955).

A final note – (and perhaps a predicition to come back to later) – after TIME awarded Ted Turner the honor in 1991, the magazine’s parent company, Time-Warner, began the process to merge with Turner Broadcasting, completing the merger in 1996. Perhaps Time-Warner is in the market for a social networking site.

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I would like to take this opportunity and answer my own question that I posed in an earlier post where I wondered if anyone could name a person or group that has dominated the news more than the Tea Party when I suggested that that movement should be awarded TIME magazine’s Person of the Year for 2010.

While I still believe that that movement, or a person closely associated with it, will be given TIME‘s honor, I have to admit that a strong contender for the award goes to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

With three high-profile releases this year of classified documents from the US war in Iraq, the US war in Afghanistan, and State Department, WikiLeaks has dominated the news with its practices, its methods, and what it has uncovered.

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Tea (and) Time

Every year since 1927, Time magazine has selected a Person of the Year (formerly called Man of the Year) to highlight the person, or class of person (or, heck, even an inanimate object), who has done the most to influence the news for that year.

This designation usually comes out in December, but I am going to go waaayyy out on a limb on the fourth day of November and make my guess as to who will win this year’s honor.

The Tea Party (or a person closely associated with that group)

My follow-up question is this: Can you name another person or group that has so dominated the news this year?

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