Time Magazine Person of the Year: The Protester!

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Time Magazine revealed the 2011 choice for its iconic and often controversial, Person of the Year cover this morning, and that person is really more of a concept:

The Protester.

Not a protester specifically, but in a year marked by global demonstrations, from the Arab Spring revolutions to Occupy Wall Street, the collective idea of The Protester was an easy decision, Time's managing editor Rick Stengel said.

"There was a lot of consensus among our people," Stengel told Today show co-hosts Matt Lauer and Ann Curry, regarding the magazine's cover. "It felt right."

Protester: Time Person of the Year Cover

As it has for the past 84 years, Time selected the person (or group, or thing) that its editors feel had the greatest impact during the year, for better or for worse.

Charles Lindbergh was the first Man of the Year back in 1927 (the title was amended to Person of the Year in 1999), but the cover is not necessarily an accolade.

Many presidents, political leaders, innovators and captains of industry have been cited, one of the more notorious Persons of the Year was Adolf Hitler in 1938.

Joseph Stalin in 1943 and Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 also "won."

Other conceptual choices included The American Fighting-Man (1950), Middle Americans (1969). Last year's winner was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

What do you think of Time's Person of the Year choice?