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On Tuesday, December 6, Time unveiled its Person of the Year:

Some Americans are less than impressed:

Time‘s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote a gushing editorial about the magazine’s choices. It begins as follows, referring to #MeToo on Twitter:

It became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning. But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage. The actor who went public with the story of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s “coercive bargaining” in a Beverly Hills hotel suite two decades earlier. The strawberry picker who heard that story and decided to tell her own. The young engineer whose blog post about the frat-boy culture at Silicon Valley’s highest-flying startup prompted the firing of its founder and 20 other employees. The California lobbyist whose letter campaign spurred more than 140 women in politics to demand that state government “no longer tolerate the perpetrators or enablers” of sexual misconduct. A music superstar’s raw, defiant court testimony about the disc jockey who groped her.

The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover—Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Taylor Swift and Isabel Pascual—along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s. Social media acted as a powerful accelerant; the hashtag #MeToo has now been used millions of times in at least 85 countries. “I woke up and there were 32,000 replies in 24 hours,” says actor Alyssa Milano, who, after the first Weinstein story broke, helped popularize the phrase coined years before by Tarana Burke. “And I thought, My God, what just happened? I think it’s opening the floodgates.” To imagine Rosa Parks with a Twitter account is to wonder how much faster civil rights might have progressed.

It just seems one-sided to have only left-wing women on the cover, but Imperator_Rex explains:

Others wondered where the men were — guys like Corey Feldman, who was sexually abused as a child actor.

Time has been a disappointment for many years. Strangely enough, Bob Dylan thought so in the 1960s. He says that if he wants facts, he won’t turn to magazines:

One wonders if he came to appreciate Time and Newsweek more once they adopted a left-wing slant.

Nice unearthing by Julian Assange, at any rate.

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