Time has released their shortlist of people who the editors have taken into consideration for Time Magazine Person of the Year 2015. Eight names have been released and Donald Trump’s name jumps right out at you! Time’s Person of the Year probably should be Donald Trump as there is so much he has done in 2015 for the headlines. Many would agree it really is the year of Trump.
The real estate mogul proved that the American dream is still alive and well when he can come out as the politically incorrect candidate and be showered with popularity. He is the voice of the people, even if some of those folks would never admit that Trump says just what they are thinking, but they are too afraid to vocalize!
Time Magazine revealed the shortlist today, Monday December 7, with the winner of Time’s Person of the Year being announced on Wednesday December 9, on the “Today Show.” Trump made the shortlist with Caitlyn Jenner, Vladimir Putin, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Black Lives Matter Activists, Travis Kalanick , Angela Merkel and Hassan Rouhani.
As usual, the person of the year does not have to be someone who has worked for the greater good, although some of these folks have. The Person of the Year does have to be someone or a group of people who have made news this year. They also need to be someone history won’t forget. If you roll this all into one, you get Donald Trump!
ABC News reports that “Jim Kelly, the former editor of TIME, said the classic definition of the person of the year “is the person who most affected the events of the year, for better or for worse.” There you have it, a group of people who have seen the better and the worse in 2015!
According to a Time article back in 2014, the magazine described just how they pick the person of the year. The article said, “The challenge is that on one hand, we’re trying to make a decision about who best represents the news of the year. But the pick also needs to have archival value. You need the sense that it will stand the test of time. So ideally, we want our Person of the Year to be both a snapshot of where the world is and a picture of where it’s going. Someone, or in rare cases, something, that feels like a force of history.”
Will Caitlyn Jenner stand the test of time and not be forgotten in history? How about Trump, Putin, Al-Baghdadi or Rouhani? It will be interesting out of this eclectic group to see who the Time editors see as someone who will go down in history for their actions, behaviors, theories and ideologies. Who will be Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2015?