Influence, among other things.
// Time 100 voters get the chance to name 2010’s most influential player.
Time Magazine has conducted a listing of 100 most influential figures for the past six years. Beginning in 1999, the ‘zine polled readers on figures which have demonstrated utmost influence in the 20th century, the populairty of which paved the way for an annual listing in 2004.
Split into five catagories (Leaders & Revolutionaries, Builders & Titans, Artists & Entertainers, Scientists & Thinkers, and Heroes & Icons), Time makes a point of noting that influential status is not necessarily positive, but rather people that have changed the world with a very public possession of power. George W. Bush, for example, has made the list four times, negative opinions not withstanding. Standing her ground in every poll to date, Oprah reigns as most frequently named influential figure. Winning an international poll such as this warrants considerable merit, and it’s taken quite seriously among various platforms.
The 2010 Time 100 poll is currently open for public vote here. This years nominees include Anna Wintour, Neil Patrick Harris and the never to be de-throned, Lady Gaga.
// Dan Z