TIME Magazine's choice
of "Person of the Year" is regarded by many readers
as the definitive word on the planet's most influential people.
been choosing their Person of the Year since the Depression
era when a slow news week forced editors to boost circulation.
The tradition was squarely set when the magazine successfully featured hero and true
blue American Charles
Lindbergh on the first "Man of the Year" cover in 1927.
then, the special end-of-year issue has annually become an
instant bestseller featuring world statesmen, political leaders,
and prominent people in the news.
of the Year 2014
The Ebola Fighters, TIME
Person of the Year 2014
The winner -- among a handful of notable nominees -- was The Ebola Fighters - which TIME claimed was a group of people who individually possessed "a hero's heart" for facing the disease head-on in 2014 as the rest of the world, quite frankly, freaked out.
The nominees for this year's cover was unveiled on December 8, 2014 when TIME editors announced a shortlist of 2014 contenders who have managed to grab international headlines throughout the year.
In the hi-tech arena they included Apple CEO Tim Cook, who took over the role of Steve Jobs to become the only openly gay CEO in the Fortune 500 - as well as Alibaba founder Jack Ma who stunned Wall Street this year with the biggest hi-tech IPO in history.
In sports, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also made the list -- for his not-always-valiant attempts to to guide American football through a scandal-plagued year.
On the political front, Russian President Vladimir Putin was standout as a clear mover-and-shaker threat to Eastern European stability, while Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani also received a nod for both combating ISIS and pushing for Kurdish independence.
And, in pop culture, singer Taylor Swift (She writes her own lyrics! She stood up to Spotify!) made the list for a recent and phenomenally successful crossover from country music to verified pop star in 2014.
This year's shortlist also included Russian President Vladimir Putin, singer Taylor Swift, and Ferguson protesters.
The 2014 roundup also included groups of people, like Ebola doctors and nurses -- and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri who first sparked hundreds of thousands of other American to take to the streets this year calling for protection against local police departments.
Who made the cover was unveiled as the TIME Person of the Year issue hit the stands on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.
Not that the TIME cover has ever been without controversy.
TIME's long-held policy of choosing world 'movers and shakers' has resulted
in Man of the Year honors being bestowed on Adolf Hitler in
1938, Joseph Stalin (twice, in 1939 and 1942), Nikita Kruschev (1957) and Iran's
Ayatullah Khomeini (1979).
TIME's readership still holds the popular notion that the
Person of the Year should only honor the world's best and
brightest. Perhaps bowing to public pressure, the magazine
named "The Younger Generation" and "The Endangered
Planet" as feel-good picks in the recent past.
the most parodied of all TIME covers focused on "YOU",
as the Person of the Year in 2006. The pick was widely considered
to be the magazine's safest choice as it pandered to its audience with a metallic cover reflecting the readers own face said to symbolize the growing force of Internet users worldwide.
about TIME's Person of the Year around the Web:
the Web, discover more about the annual pick that profiles
a man, woman, couple, group or idea that, as TIME states,"...for
better or for worse has done the most to influence the events
of the year."
Person of the Year 2014 - Check out a complete overview of this year's major contenders, information on the voting process, with related photos and videos.
Person of the Year - Wikipedia - Good overview featuring
historical background, photos, complete list of honorees from
1927 to the present, with related references & resources.