Time’s person of the year is You

Time Magazine

In case anyone needed proof that the mainstream media are finally taking the web seriously, Time magazine has declared its 2006 Person of the Year to be You, the internet user.

As described by Time‘s Lev Grossman, the web has come to represent “community and collaboration on a scale never seen before”.

The new Web is … 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.

While Grossman acknowledges that the web is capable of spreading stupidity as well as wisdom, he sees the deeper implications of a worldwide web that enables and encourages anyone to share what they know.

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.

For more of Time’s coverage, click here.