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TIME readers pick Kim Jong Un as Person of the Year...
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Alternative Universe.

http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/12/13/and-...r-poll-is/


Person of the Year
And the Winner of TIME’s Person of the Year Reader Poll Is…
By Kelly ConniffDec. 13, 20120

Kim Jong Un is having a good year. After taking over the leadership of North Korea from his late father Kim Jong Il, at the end of 2011, he’s solidified his control over the country, appeared on TIME’s cover and he was even named ‘Sexiest Man Alive.’ (OK, that honor was actually bestowed as a spoof in the satirical newspaper, The Onion, but a Chinese news service mistook the Onion piece for real news and the story went global.)

Now, he’s gotten the most votes in TIME’s completely unscientific reader Person of the Year Poll with 5.6 million votes. Not bad for a man didn’t make an official public appearance until 2010.

This doesn’t mean Kim is TIME’s Person of the Year. That choice is made by the editors of TIME and will be revealed Dec. 19 on the Today show, on TIME.com and via TIME’s Twitter handle. The poll allows readers to weigh in on the people—and things (Hello, Curiosity Rover!)—whom they think influenced the news, for better or worse, in 2012.

“While we don’t make our selection based on the poll results,” said TIME executive editor Radhika Jones in a recent interview, “it’s always interesting to see where some of our preferred candidates end up.” (For more on how TIME editors choose the Person of the Year see our full Q&A with Jones here)

‘The Daily Show’ funny man Jon Stewart, Undocumented Immigrants, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas and Burmese leaders Aung San Suu Kyi and Thein Sein, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie all made it into the top ten. However, some of the highest vote tallies got a boost from members of Internet forums like 4Chan who launched a campaign to manipulate the results pushing North Korea’s supreme leader to the top of the list.

The largest number of ”no way” votes went to Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi. Despite his unfavorable ranking, his inclusion on the poll has elicited a flurry of passionate responses on social media, as did TIME’s recent exclusive interview and cover story.

Other notable inclusions prompted plenty of online chatter, even if it didn’t result in a top ranking: Pakistani schoolgirl and girls’ education advocate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for her outspoken activism, placed 15th; Korean rapper Psy, creator of the ‘Gangnam Style’-sensation and the most-watched video in YouTube history, placed 17th.
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This goes to further support my hypothesis that > 90% of Americans are really, really stupid.

Justin
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JustinHEMI;52505 Wrote:This goes to further support my hypothesis that > 90% of Americans are really, really stupid.

Justin

I'm not saying you're wrong, but the story does mention the online vote being manipulated.
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Well yeah, that goes to my point. 5.6 million people we easily swayed. Big Grin

Justin
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Person of the year is not necessarily someone that has done anything good, it's a person who has made an indelible mark--for good or bad--over the previous year.

He's really not a bad candidate, as he has the ability to shape a country that has been isolated for years. He has a HUGE weight on his shoulder in that regard, and there are a great many who are wondering what he will do with his new found power--keep the status quo, or move North Korea away from his fathers bastardized ideals.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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JustinHEMI;52505 Wrote:This goes to further support my hypothesis that > 90% of Americans are really, really stupid.

Justin

I think it's higher than 90%.
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Camper;52520 Wrote:Person of the year is not necessarily someone that has done anything good, it's a person who has made an indelible mark--for good or bad--over the previous year.

He's really not a bad candidate, as he has the ability to shape a country that has been isolated for years. He has a HUGE weight on his shoulder in that regard, and there are a great many who are wondering what he will do with his new found power--keep the status quo, or move North Korea away from his fathers bastardized ideals.

Good point.

@Val, I agree.

Justin
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I can agree with Camper, that Kim Jung un fits the title for someone that has the ability to shape a nation. The one that annoys me is that fucking idiot Psy. Since when does being a Utube sensation make you eligible for shit in the real world?
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The Hobbit;52640 Wrote:I can agree with Camper, that Kim Jung un fits the title for someone that has the ability to shape a nation. The one that annoys me is that fucking idiot Psy. Since when does being a Utube sensation make you eligible for shit in the real world?

I saw it, don't understand the fascination. I don't even think it's really all that funny.

I hate not getting jokes.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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Yeah I saw it and it sucked. I cannot understand why people think it is so good. Plus the fact that he is also and anti-american prick doesnt help.
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