By Michael Lotfi,
Every year TIME magazine’s editors choose their “Person of the Year”. Last year it was President Obama who took the title. The choice is most always purely political. As so, it should be taken with a grain of salt. However, each year TIME releases a poll, which asks its audience to choose between many different candidates. Candidates are pitted against one another, and this year President Obama faces NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
The President’s second term has been little less than a plague of misfortune. Surrounded by scandal, secrecy, a total lack of transparency and failed policy, President Obama’s approval ratings have dropped off a cliff.
In the modern age of such secrecy and corruption, whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden become digital heroes. If you haven’t seen Snowden’s face on a meme or in a headline picture then you clearly aren’t alive to the tech age.
More than 346k people have voted in the TIME poll pitting the two against one another. Snowden’s victory is a landslide. However, don’t be surprised if the person of the year award magically goes back to President Obama. As I said, it’s purely politics.
Snowden even sits at the top of the list across the board. With 23% supporting him as the person of the year, and Obama sitting with a weak 0.5%.