Person of the Year: Behold Your Inner Turmoils

Still hunting in vain for a single positive reaction to Time magazine naming "You" as their 2006 "Person of the Year"? You won't find that positivism in the corpus of ubersnob George Will, who sneers, "So much of what is done on the web is people getting on there and writing their diaries as though everyone ought to care about everyone's inner turmoils." Hear hear! But even more disappointing is that the whole "You" thing (and even the whole mirror-cover thing) may have first issued forth from the hallowed pages of McCalls. Gray eminence Robert Stein writes:

Thirty five years ago, McCalls Magazine ran a cover with a Mylar mirror and the line, "The Woman of the Year is You."

We had a hell of a time finding enough of the stuff for millions of copies and making sure it stayed on the covers. Some readers complained about how it made them look.

When the editors of Time are finished with their self-congratulating specials on CNN, they might want to reflect on Harry Truman's aphorism* at the top of this page.

Looks like a rough holiday season for You.

George Will on Bloggers: Busy 'Writing Their Diaries As Though Everyone Ought to Care' [Think Progress]
Time for Reflection [Connecting.the.Dots]

* "The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know."