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The 7 Most Overrated Time Magazine Persons of the Year

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It's that time again, when we start to ponder that age-old question: who will be Time magazine's Person of the Year? Since 1923, the cover of Time has been a sign of people who matter in the world. The Person of the Year, started four years later, goes to someone who really matters. Allegedly. Most of the time, it's been given to giants -- Gandhi to Gorby, Lindbergh to Zuckerberg. This year, nobody really stands out yet. The Middle Eastern freedom fighters, perhaps? (It went to the Hungarian freedom fighters in 1956.) Will they give it to Obama again, now that bin Laden's dead and Obama's daughters are doing their homework? Or, with all these natural disasters, will they do something cute like give it to Angry Earth (just like they gave it to Endangered Earth in 1988)? If they get it wrong, it won't be the first time.

Here are some of the previous winners who really didn't deserve that lofty title. Feel free to comment. In fact, feel free to come up with your own ideas on the new Overrated blog. Any violent arguments graciously received...

Overrated: The 7 Most Overrated Time Magazine Persons of the Year
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