For the last 85 years a publication called Time has been running a 'Man of the Year' (recently changed to 'Person') award. Past winners include Gandhi, Middle America, George W Bush and many others. Time is running a feature where users can vote for who they want to be Person of the Year, and then the magazine editors will decide accordingly. Do you know who is one of the top favourites this year?
Kim Jong Un. Yes you read that correctly, The short, plump, floppy-haired dictator of one of the most impoverished and secretive police states in the world is up for nomination as Person of the Year. Do you know who else joins him in the top 4? Egyptian President-turned-dictator Mohammed Morsi and Syrian president Bashar Al Assad.
This raises a couple of interesting questions. Firstly, if Kim Jong Un actually wins the popular vote (and at this rate he probably will), will Time just go ahead and pick their own winner anyway? They probably will as many of the votes for KJU are coming from the underbelly of the internet - 4Chan. A similar thing happened with a Justin Bieber 'where should I tour' page which ended up voting to send him to North Korea.
Regardless of the comic hilarity of a short fat dictator being named Person of the Year or the disturbing idea of someone like Mario Draghi / Jay Z winning it, how do you think 'greatness' should be decided? Should it be merely whoever (or whatever) had the greatest impact on world regardless of morality / ethicality? Please reply in the comments below while I go and vote for Psy, simply for having over 11% of the worlds population (give or take) dancing along to his hideously catchy K-Pop.