Time's Person of the Year short list has big names, bigger issues

December 8, 2014 6:54 PM

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Who should be Time Magazine's much ballyhooed Person of the Year in 2014? Should it be a big name? Or a big cause? The world's biggest pop star or protesters in a small Missouri town-turned-global stage? The man who made the new iPhone a breakout hit or the doctors and nurses who are battling the Ebola outbreak?

In a world increasingly divided by all the ways information travels, Time magazine's ability to distill the news of a year with a simple year-end list remains a constant, if divisive by its nature. Is it still relevant? Has it become routine? Yes and no. Because readers now get to decide, to a point...

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