"Person of the Year"

Lesson Date : 2019-01-07
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Time is a well-known American news magazine. In December, Time chooses its “Person of the Year”.

Time’s selected its first Person of the Year in 1927. He was an American pilot called Charles Lindbergh. He was the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Person of the Year used to be called “Man of the Year”. Time changed this in 1999.

The Person of the Year is not an award. People who have caused the death of many others have been Man of the Year. Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany, and Stalin, the leader of communist Russia, are examples.

The Person of the Year is not always a person. In 1983 the “personal computer” was Time’s Person of the Year.

Time’s Person of the Year for 2018 was four journalists and a newspaper. The magazine says that accurate news is part of “free speech”.

A gunman attacked the newspaper. The other news journalists were killed or imprisoned.


ISSUES : Was Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” the right choice?

Period : 2019-01-07 ~ 2019-02-07
Manager's Pro Opinion
Yes, Time magazine's “Person of the Year” was the right choice. What happened to these journalists will have a great impact on the news around the world. The choice highlights the freedom of the press. It is also a good way to remind people of the importance of this.
Manager's Con Opinion
No, Time magazine's “Person of the Year” was not the right choice. The title should be given to a person or persons who have had an effect on the world in a good or bad way. By choosing journalists it seems as if the magazine wants to promote press freedom. Yet, this is not the main purpose of the magazine’s Person of the Year.
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