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Readers nominate Steve Jobs for Time Person of the Year

updated 10:45 am EST, Fri December 4, 2009

Option comes despite Jobs' relative inactivity

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been nominated as potential Person of the Year for 2009, writes Time. Although the magazine is reserving the right to make final judgment, it is currently accepting votes from readers. Jobs is already third in rankings, ahead of sprinter Usain Bolt, and US military commander Stanley McChrystal. He is nevertheless below US president Barack Obama, and the Iranians protesting their country's theocratic government.

Time notes that Jobs was recently named CEO of the Decade by Fortune, and that the App Store has already passed over a billion downloads. At the same time, Jobs has actually been inactive throughout most of 2009, having been waylaid by a liver transplant and a six-month medical leave. Challengers to the iPhone have also become more prominent, such as the Palm Pre and the Motorola Droid. Verizon and the public in general have both criticized iPhone carrier AT&T for having poor 3G coverage.

by MacNN Staff




  1. macuser25

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Inactive throughout 2009?

    Well, in all fairness, so has Obama...

    Give it to him, the thought occurred to me the other day that I would not be able to type messages on websites like this had it not been for the promotion and accelerations of technological development from Steve Jobs.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I like Obama

    but enough is enough with the undue adulation. I think he has great potential and he is certainly an inspiring and charismatic person (which is not at all a trivial thing), but he's been in office less than a year. I found the Nobel Peace Prize cringeworthy. What should we do if he actually manages to pull off an Israeli-Palestinian agreement? Make him king of the universe?

  1. apostle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Respect is earned

    I was just today thinking about what Obama has "earned". Has accomplished. I can think of nothing. Nothing of consequence. Obama is just another in a long line of worthless political slobs (Kennedy, Nixon et al...) whose administration has but one focus - to keep the American people "in line". Submissive. To perpetuate the division between those with power - and those without. The illusion that Americans really have a choice. To keep the Great Unemployed in line. Unwashed. And in so doing continue to advance their (those with power) own personal agenda at the expense of others.

    Mr Jobs is a visionary awash in a sea of mediocrity. His motives are true. Although his motives may not be completely altruistic, his ultimate wish (I believe from his actions) is for all of humanity to be empowered - to pass what they know on to others. To move the human race forward.

    The U.S. Government are nothing more than opportunistic miscreants. Their only interest being the promotion of their own agenda and fortune

    But as most intelligent people realize - the majority of Americans are sheep - eager to be led around by the nose. And in so doing continue to empower those of lesser honor.

    ...just a thought


  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I say.....

    I say give it to the protesting Iranians. Neither have our awesome president Barack Obama, nor Steve "the RDF generator" Jobs has laid down their lives for the right for their voice to be heard in one of the world's most oppressive & suppressive countries.

    Now, that being said, it would still be cool for either of these incredibly intelligent and hard working leaders to get person of the year.

    - A

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    All Stephen Colbert needs to do is say he wants to be person of the year and he'd take over this stupidity.

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