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Time's abstract choice fuels concrete debate



Time magazine's decision to name another abstract Person of the Year is dividing opinion and generating a lot of discussion — which is probably the point.

The magazine named "The Protester" its Person of the Year on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday:

Time magazine's Richard Stengel announces who made the cover as Person of the Year.

Full story: TODAY.com: Time magazine reveals its Person of the Year 2011

Reaction divided into three main camps: 

  • No way!

From Chris Gomez, a naval supply officer from the Dallas area:


Bobby Ghosh, a Time editor, relayed this reaction:


  • Way!

From Eddie Goldman, a self-described activist from New York:


  • Huh?

"The protesters: OK," said Karen Duncan of Springfield, Mass.

"I think they are a little bit crazy for coming out and protesting, but everyone has their own opinion," Duncan told NBC station WWLP of Springfield.

For its part, Time had little hesitation.

"There was a lot of consensus among our people," Stengel said on "Today." "It felt right."

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