You may remember that Time Magazine named Mark Zuckerberg as its 2010 ‘person of the year’ (and the readers of Time Magazine nominated Julian Assange in their own poll).
This year, in a break with tradition, Time Magazine has named not one individual but a group of people who have called for – and brought about – change throughout the world. Time Magazine’s ‘person’ of the year in for 2011 is ‘The Protestor’.
From the Arab spring to the Occupy movement, 2011 has seen a ‘contagion of protest’. The protest movement has provided three of the OUP’s words of the year, chosen for their resonance for 2011.
Protest has been transformational in 2011 and seems set to continue in 2012.