There was a time, not that long ago when TIME’s announcement of Person of the Year was a thing. A big thing. A thing that many in the media waited with bated breath to find out. Who would the well-heeled editors at the Time-Life building at 1251 Avenue of the Americas deem to be the person of the year?
But like so much else in our brave new, digital and post-modern world, it’s not really that big of a thing anymore. And last night’s announcement that President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were joint persons of the year? It was such a complete and massive whiff that it undermines the once hallowed honor, maybe forever.
TIME Editor-in-Chief and