So you may have seen that Time Magazine named Donald Trump its 2016 Person of the Year. This announcement was greeted with vocal condemnation and almost equally as vocal reminders that this isn’t an endorsement but rather an acknowledgement of the cultural and political impact Trump had in the US and around the world.
Given the fact that Time was going primarily on mainstream media narrative, Trump winning makes perfect sense. He did dominate the news coverage in 2016. If you have a problem with the result, then you should have a problem with the way the corporate media filter operates.
Instead of complaining, though, let’s simply take away that filter and see what we get. Forget the Box is going to name its own Person of the Year for 2016!
Like Time, we’re looking for the individual or group of connected individuals that had the biggest impact on our culture in the past year. Unlike Time, we’re not limiting our view of cultural impact to what is represented in the mainstream press. Social and indie media play just as big a role in our decision.
We’re giving everyone a chance to vote and are starting with some likely choices. As we’re based in Montreal, some are local and Canadian. We’ve also included Trump as a choice to be fair. If your choice is not on the list, simply state it in the comments below and we’ll add it to the options.
We do reserve the right to reject suggestions. We also reserve the right to make an editorial decision and give Person of the Year to someone other than the top vote getter, while still acknowledging who got the most votes. We probably won’t do that, but we will if the winner is Harambe (I mean, seriously, internet).
Anyways, here’s the poll, you have a week to vote. Then we’ll proudly announce FTB’s 2016 Person of the Year:
Who should be FTB's Person of the Year?
- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (38%, 13 Votes)
- Bernie Sanders (24%, 8 Votes)
- Gord Downie (9%, 3 Votes)
- Donald Trump (6%, 2 Votes)
- Anarchopanda (6%, 2 Votes)
- Black Lives Matter (6%, 2 Votes)
- Amy Goodman (3%, 1 Votes)
- Nigel Farage (3%, 1 Votes)
- Barack Obama (3%, 1 Votes)
- Yoshua Bengio (3%, 1 Votes)
- Hillary Clinton (0%, 0 Votes)
- Jeremy Corbyn (0%, 0 Votes)
- Denis Coderre (0%, 0 Votes)
- Justin Trudeau (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 31