Julian Assange is the winner in the popularity vote for Person of the Year 2010 but TIME is not obligated to choose him. The editors have the final say. The voting is only a way to make the public feel they have some input.
|Person – 2010||11/22/10||12/05/10||rate||# growth||12/13/10||# growth||rate|
|D & C Koch||4,786||6,564||1.37||1778||9,147||2,583||1.39|
|J. Craig Venter||4,415||5,909||1.34||1494||8,073||2,164||1.37|
Assange got far more votes cast this last week than anyone else and some 53% of the total. This is a higher percentage than most politicians get when they win a political office and they are only contesting a single candidate and perhaps a third party or write-in contender. But, this TIME contest had a field of twenty five candidates! The runner up only got 9% of the votes. Perhaps I don’t watch the news enough because I was barely aware of the name Erdogan before this polling started.
This chart was constructed only a few hours ago but even before it got posted a lot more votes had come in, especially for Erdogan. To me this is inexplicable except that he is being promoted by some major public source. The media comics Stewart and Colbert would quickly get an overwhelming number of votes it they asked their audience of millions to vote for them but so far they have restrained themselves for what ever reason.
My opinion is that the only person on the list who will still be famous in 500 years is Craig Venter, the creator of life, but he got only a half of one percent of the votes.
C’est la vie.