Back in the day; it was around 1979, I came up with a bunch of goals. It was almost high school graduation time and I had big “high school” dreams. To be rich, to not get married until I was 40, to drive a Lamborghini, and…AND…to be
The date I set for that last goal was 1997 or 1999; I can’t remember which; but you get the idea, I wanted it to be waaaay in the future. I found out today, that I, along with every other Internet user in the world, achieved that lofty goal. (I was just about 9 years off on the date)
But, I’m happy nonetheless, not because I think this is as close as I will come to appearing on the cover of Time Magazine; but because I feel like I contributed to this decision by the newsmagazine.
“It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.
The tool that makes this possible is the World Wide Web. Not the Web that Tim Berners-Lee hacked together (15 years ago, according to Wikipedia) as a way for scientists to share research. It’s not even the overhyped dotcom Web of the late 1990s. The new Web is a very different thing. It’s a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as if it were a new version of some old software. But it’s really a revolution.”
If you read the entire article; and you contributed to a blog in 2006, watched a YouTube video and emailed it to a friend or get excited that you now have 125 friends on MySpace; you just might feel a little proud.
You may not be as proud as Shawn Cannon.
I think Shawn holds the title of first of the “community reporters” to give his acceptance speech for the title of Person of The Year. Throughout the day, there have been others who jumped on the “acceptance speech” bandwagon; but since this is the first one I saw this morning; Shawn wins the Originality Award as well as his coveted Person of The Year award.