Steve Jobs Wasn’t Made Time Magazine’s 2011 Person Of The Year

Steve Jobs Wasn’t Made Time Magazine’s 2011 Person Of The Year

Steve Jobs has been mentioned as a possible contender for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year ever since he passed away in October, but in the end, Time has gone another direction: they have awarded their 2011 Person of the Year instead to “The Protester,” the abstract avatar for the political demonstrations in the Middle East, Europe and the United States this year.

Runners-up were U.S. Navy Admiral William McRaven, who led the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, artist and Chinese political activist Ai Weiwei, U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan, and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.

Steve Jobs wasn’t totally robbed of any recognition, though. Pixar creative chief John Lasseter recognized him in a fond farewell, and Apple CEO Tim Cook was named as one of Time’s “people who mattered.”

I know this choice is proving contentious for a lot of people, but personally, as important a human as I think Steve Jobs was, I don’t think he left a particularly huge mark on 2011. Steve Jobs was man of many previous years, but not as much in this one, for obvious reasons involving his health.

He’s still a better choice than an abstract entity like “The Protester” though. Yeesh.

Anyway, what do you think?

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  • 7idledays

    As awesome as Steve was, he died this year and that was it.

  • Aaron

    Steve has been on Time’s cover several times. People know how great he was. It makes sense to put someone else there, even if it is an abstract idea like a protester.

  • OMFGitsJUSTIN

    People around the world every day do fantastic heroic things. Steve was just one ordinary man like everyone else who did the best he could and it showed. I think Steve would appreciate the kind gesture but wouldn’t mind more heroic men or women taking the spotlight. 

  • Brandon Rodriguez

    WHAT THE HECK!!!!!! EVERYONE HAS HEARD OF STEVE JOBS!!!! I HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF THIS “THE PROTESTER”! APPARENTLY HE ISN’T SO BIG!!!! STEVE SHOULD HAVE WON!!!

  • nmz502

    Stupid choice >:(. Who cares about a bunch of whiny kids who don’t have a job or a life.

  • iDaBoss

    meh

  • iDaBoss

    bravo

  • iDaBoss

    “political demonstrations in the Middle East, Europe and the United States”

  • Apoorv Joshi

    As great as Steve was, it is more important to acknowledge the significant impact of a spontaneous protest against oppression that is changing the world and giving voice to all sections of society. It is tough choice but fair, I think Steve would rather have this as well.

  • Camerongerardy

    i just miss steve :(

  • Alex Tudor

    Totaly agree with the choose of The TIME, yeah Steve was a great creator market but not that much been Person of the year !!! he also, haven’t done nothing for humanity as more many others fight around the world for humans rights. sooo… there are great choose of “The Protesters”. tx

  • Apoorv Joshi

    Me too.

  • Alex Tudor

    u should be Idiot, thinking that Steve had participate to change the cotidiane life or human rights for a better life !!!

  • Apoorv Joshi

    Can’t exactly say that. He did bring the Red campaign for AIDS.

  • Alex Tudor

    “The Prostesters” have also fight for u to have better life !! at last u are not some kind of Wall street broker ;);))

  • Apoorv Joshi

    Can’t exactly say that. He did bring the Red campaign for AIDS.

  • Alex Tudor

    the market make blonds around the world…; sadness here, u should lose soon u home and ask for …. “The Prostesters” ??? saving u life zombie of market  u are!!

  • ConceptVBS

    Sensationalists begone. Realists are welcomed.

  • Shaunathan Sprocket

    me third…

  • Shaunathan Sprocket

    true, so let more heroic men take the spotlight “The protestor” isn’t a person, it’s a faceless identity.  It shows laziness of Time’s writers.  If that’s the direction you want to go, surely your reporters could single out one of the organizers, someone who molded and shaped the Arab spring in a particular nation….

  • Bill Henderson

    Steve Jobs has done a lot more for humanity than any or all of the protestors combined. Think of how many lives his ideas have changed and how many careers Apple has fostered and how many people have been and are employed because of what he did. Personally, I have never been hired by a protestor. They live in a dream world.

  • Steve LeVine

    Have to disagree with the sentiment of John Brownlee’s (@DrCrypt) parting comment: He’s still a better choice than an abstract entity like “The Protester” though. Yeesh.
    Think about why “The Protester” has rose to prominence- ubiquitous technology. Using resources such as Twitter, Facebook, iDevices, computers, etc. to spread the sights, sounds and struggles has brought a protester’s plight right to your face.
    Steve Jobs was never about the actual device or the technology per se. He was about how it gets used, it’s impact and how humans can use it to change/improve the world. Time’s ______ of the Year is not always about the best, most popular, most beloved, etc. It is a way for them to recognize a person/movement/thing that has commanded attention over the past year. They have done that.

  • MJ4Ev3r

    SJ’s tragic death should NOT be a reason for him to be declared as Time’s Man of the Year for 2011–doing so would be an immense disservice to SJ’s amazing accomplishments throughout his entire lifetime! 

    He should NOT be commemorated simply for the year of his DEATH, but he should always be REMEMBERED for a life filled with overcoming adversities, his fantastic ability to rise victorious over challenges and his outstanding products that made the world a better place–truly a life well-lived! Frankly, the year 2011 is not the year that he showed all of these! 

    Congrats to the winner–The Protester: a bona fide 2011 phenomenon!  Although, it is still a nagging question whether they would be able to make a great impact for the betterment of the world the way that Steve Jobs did throughout his short, yet highly accomplished life!

  • Len Williams

    I disagree with the idea of picking a generic “protester” as the person of the year. Why not pick a specific person whose actual actions and accomplishments are known? It’s like a political statement rather than an award. I agree that Steve Jobs is not necessarily singular for his accomplishments in 2011 alone, but surely there was another deserving individual rather than a concept of one. Of course, they didn’t check with me first before deciding this, which all too frequently happens.

  • John Howell

    Steve may have brought some nice shiny gadgets to the world, but the protesters put their lives, the families and their countries on the line for real political change in two major countries in the middle east. Bravo. If only there was the same will in the west.

  • Alex Tudor

    i love apple but not that much to give person of year for Steve. enough !!! the protesters reclaims rights for all of us, and that should be admired. For Henderson, u know…. u should watch civil actions more realistic then reclaim that “the Protesters” live in dream world. i’m sick to see peoples like unmaking blalaala and accept all this sheet in our lives a doing nothing !!! The Protesters had fight for you too to have better level of life.

  • Srose428

    Lazy writers is exactly correct, when the person of the year is one by a faceless and ambiguous group, the title needs to be changed.  Plus this also implies that occupy wall street is a good or reasonable thing.  I realized a lot of governments have been over thrown this year by citizen protests and great strides have been made towards freedom in various parts of the world, but really the “person of the year” by definition would have to be Steve Jobs, might as well give him person of the decade for 2000-2010 and 2011-2020, given it will be his dreams/ideas along with Ives that come out of the Apple Product pipeline in the next 5-6 years. 

  • MJ4Ev3r

    It is NOT just nice, shiny gadgets–the iMac, iPads, iPhones have been used in majority of political protests in the Middle East (that is why the Syrian government even banned iPhones) as well as the Medical Field and it’s Research Development, Music/Movie/Film Entertainment Industry, the Education Sector, Transportation, Agriculture, Military, Retail Businesses and now even Aviation–yes American Airlines already approved the ipads to replace the bulky manuals that pilots have to read to make flights safe!

  • Bill Henderson

    My life is just fine without the occupy (insert place here) idiot freeloaders.

  • Bart?omiej ?api?ski

    Please. Have at least *some* respect for people who protested against *dictatorships* around the world. “Middle East, Europe and the United States”. My country, Poland, was freed by Solidarity, yes, protesters. Not by Steve Jobs. Pay respect to people who gave their lives for their freedom.

    But what I expect from someone who thinks a bunch of toys is more important than freedom of a nation. How would your iPads and iPods help you against a dictator and his tanks? Meh to you.

  • Srose428

    I still cant drink and drive nor am I absolved from my tax liabilities, refresh me again on what freedoms we have been (re)awarded?  I cant even make a funny fake ID anymore…

  • Bart?omiej ?api?ski

    And I heard they used Facebook and Twitter. And are Apple’s products completely required to use Facebook and Twitter? Nope. You’re greatly overestimating the impact of iDevices on the world. They may be useful things, but rarely irreplaceable.
    (in reply to MJ4Ev3r)

  • Srose428

    Thanks Justin for you input on behalf of a deceased man.  I am probably more surprised that your name is Justin (as you are, OMFG), than the fact that SJ did not win, I mean really when was the last time someone got something they deserved?  It only too the US Military 10 years to finish their ishhh in the Middle east (oh yeah were not totally done either), and it took Steve just as long to completely reinvent everything that has to do with computers, music, phones, and now iPads. 

  • rplatt1

    Surprise, surprise . . . “Time” is about as far down in the garbage can as one can dig. Their love of that street scum is sickening.

  • Andrew John

    I think Steve had bigger battles in 2011 than trying to be man of the year, like fighting for his life perhaps? I’ve read a few articles on this and I can’t recall anyone being upset that Steve wasn’t named man of the year, except for dumb journalists trying to muster up a story and stir the pot. If they were making a list of people of the decade, then Steve would be on it. Honestly, who was upset about him not being man of the year????

  • animeshmishra99

    I think Cult of Mac should start weeding out its garden. 

  • animeshmishra99

    Shut up, will you ? Steve did quite a good job but he didn’t reinvent the computing industry single handedly. There’s a hoard of super-talented people at Apple and every idea that comes out from Apple isn’t Steve’s idea. Hell, 95% of them are not at all Steve’s ideas. Apple engineers made those ideas possible and even better than what Jobs could have ever imagined. So stop thinking that Steve Jobs handicrafted every single Apple product.

    E.g. Steve said we’re making a smartphone. boom. Then Scott Forstall and his team worked their asses off to make it a reality. Steve is as significant as every Apple employee so stop being a jerk and accept the fact that he was just another CEO with a brilliant bunch of people most of whom he handpicked. 

    One more thing, I love him but I don’t worship him. 

  • MJ4Ev3r

    Regardless of your limited perspective….it is the way it IS!

  • Punnen Syriac

    Brownlee, you blow me away.

  • Srose428

    No, check your sources.  Not only did Jobs and Wozniak invent personal computers and the industry, but then Steve reinvented it with the Macintosh project and I can keep going with the progression of (mobile)computing until we end up with the iPad.  Yes I see what you are saying that the credit goes to a lot of people who invest countless hours for programing and coding, but again under who’s directive and disapproval of the “well that will do attitude”?  You only mock Steve with your “one more thing” comment by the way.  Sad really, you should be banished to Microsoft products for the rest of your life as punishment.  Whole point is “protestors” did not deserve person of the year.  Its up to opinion who you believe to be the person of the year, to me its hands down SJ.

  • gregbraddock

    I don’t think the author of this article was upset at all that Steve Jobs wasn’t named person of the year. He even stated that Steve didn’t do much this year to garner the nomination.

  • Mike Rathjen

    Freeing the Middle East is more of a job or life than I will ever have or live.

  • Mike Rathjen

    The people freeing the Middle East from dictatorship and oppression are nothing but street scum? Are you Qaddafi’s son or something?

  • Ricardo Morgado Ferreira

    Moron.

  • Ricardo Morgado Ferreira

    look, another moron.

  • Bart?omiej ?api?ski

     *sigh*

  • MacLover

    What I think is, The Protesters? Yeah, they sure made a dent in the region. But what followed that dent? Still, they are up with sticks and swords doing what they did 6months ago. But what JOBS had done, will live with us for plenty of lifetime to come. 

    THE PROESTERS : There will be many more within this Century, trust me, the world is not going for PEACE any soon. 

    STEVE JOBs : No one could ever replace him. Not, the same way he did anywayz. Trust me! There won’t be. 

  • Brandon Rodriguez

    Do you speak English?

  • David A Stephens

    Time is a joke; the only time that one ever hears of it is when they come out with Person of the Year and then I am slightly amazed that they’re still publishing. Their selection board is drawn from the far left and the hard left, where even the air is political, so the awards will be political.

    Time means less every year.

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