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Dead Tree Alert: The Year of Them

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In the TIME landing with a papery thump on a newsstand near you, I wrap things up with a closing essay dedicated to a certain Person of the Year from the recent past…

Hey there, You! It’s been, what, a year? I don’t think I’ve seen You since we named You Person of the Year 2006. What did we praise You for again? Oh, right: “for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game.” Remember? You wrote about it on Your blog! We cornered the world market in reflective film for all those mirror covers! Good times, those. Hey, You’ve lost weight, haven’t You?

So I see You’ve been flipping through this issue. Ahem. This is a little awkward. Well, as You can see, we … we went in another direction this year. Please don’t take it personally. We still love You. But let’s face it: You had kind of an off year. …