Jason Perlow writes for ZDNet, “Was 2010 so crappy that the only real choice [for TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year”] was between an obnoxious, ethically-challenged egotistic Web 2.0 billionaire Wunderkind or an Information Technology terrorist pretending to be a journalist and Internet activist? Couldn’t they come up with someone who did something legitimately decent for the planet?”
MacDailyNews Take: That’s not how it works, Jason. Yours is a common (and tiresome) misconception. TIME’s “Person of the Year” features someone, some group, or quite incongruously something, that for better or for worse has done the most to influence the events of the year. Could be Hitler (yup, in 1938) or Gandi (nope, he never got it). But, you’re right about one thing: Zuckerberg was most certainly a mistake to be named “Person of the Year” based upon TIME’s own criteria.
Perlow writes, “”But at the end of the day, ZDNet is a technology website. And if I had to name a single technology that made the greatest impact in 2010, it was without a doubt Apple’s iPad.”
“When the iPad was first introduced to the public in late January, there was immediate derision of the product by naysayers that felt that it was nothing more than an oversized iPhone or iPod Touch. The mainstream technology press questioned whether or not the product would even catch on,” Perlow writes. “They were proven wrong.”
Perlow writes, “Very. Very. Very. Wrong.”
“2010 will be remembered by many as difficult year, with numerous challenges that everyone had to face, be it economically, sociologically, politically and emotionally,” Perlow writes. “But in our industry it will be marked by the introduction of the device that changed everything — the iPad.”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “GetMeOnTop” for the heads up.]