Time Magazine: Man of the Millennium

H.W. Stockman hwstock at wizard.com
Tue Sep 29 17:16:44 EST 1998

Matthias Warkus wrote:
> Maynard Handley schrieb:
> >
> > Spare me this pious Barney the dinosaur crap.
> Maynard, history is not something that is made only by famous leaders, not to a
> great extent. These are just the tips of the icebergs moving below the surface

I nominate John Cameron, for directing "Titanic"!

> For example, consider Hitler. He is the product of an atmosphere of extremism

He was also Time's Man-of-the-Year back about 1938 (no joke).

Frankly, I've been disturbed by this thread, because not only are many
of the nominees European, they are also eukaryotic.  With such a
narrow and biased view, we are ignoring the rich cultural diversity
of the prokaryotes.

Some influential works of fiction have also been
glossed over by the overly elite discussion:

"Love Story"  by Erich Segal, and
"Johnathan Livingston Seagull" by Love Story.

The discussion of slavery is also quite distressing, since
we are ignoring several distinct advantages, held by England,
which allowed early abolition of slavery, namely:

1) Ireland.
2) Other colonies in Asia and Africa.
3) An abundant supply of cherubic youngsters, eager to
   work 14-hour days for purchases in the communal (company) store
   (special thanks to Walt Disney for the score of "Oliver").
4) Willing trade partners in Asia, eager to obtain badly needed
   pharmacological supplies.

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