Mark Zuckerberg is the man. Well, the Person, anyway. Yup -- the 26-year-old Harvard dropout and founder of Facebook was announced as TIME Magazine's Person of the Year this morning on the Today show.
Beating out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Hamid Karzai, the Tea Party, and all 33 Chilean miners, Zuckerberg is the second youngest man ever to receive the honor.
But the question here is: Did he deserve it? Hell yes!
- He's a real person: The Dobbs Ferry, New York, native is a smart kid who I feel like I can relate to. Sure, he may have a couple more million billion dollars than I, but he made his money the good ol' American way, by hacking inside his college dorm room.
- He's family oriented: His sister is the head of consumer marketing and the social-good initiative at Facebook. I'm pretty sure my brother would laugh before giving me a job. Then again, he's a police officer in downtown New Haven, Connecticut -- so I'll pass.
- He's Jewish: OK OK ... so I'm a sucker for wealthy, young Jewish guys. The Maccabeats had me at "L'chaim." Zuckerberg joins two other Jewish men who have received Time's award: Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Chairmen of the United States Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke.
- He channels my inner stalker: Thanks to Zuckerberg, I can casually browse my friends' latest shenanigans without actually talking to them. From the photos of that work party that got a bit out of hand to their newest relationship status: No legitimate interaction required.
- Jetman: I'm obsessed. Sure, he may have not exactly coded the flight simulation online game -- but since it's associated with his site I'm gonna give him some props. If Jetman's not your thing, then of course there's always FarmVille to be thankful for.
Oh, and if that isn't enough, Time's managing editor Richard Stengel reports that Facebook is now the world's third largest country with a half a billion "citizens." It's a casual number, really. And it's all thanks to Marky.
Take a look at TIME's big announcement, and judge for yourself:
Do you think Mark Zuckerberg deserves to be TIME's Person of the Year?
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