On Monday, Timeâ€™s editors revealed their shortlist of eight candidates for the Person of the Year title.
Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs revealed the shortlist on NBCâ€™s Today show. Here are the eight still in the final running, in no particular order:
- The Ferguson protesters, who took to the streets in August following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer, and again in November when a grand jury declined to indict the officer in the killing.
- The Ebola caregivers, who are still fighting the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, that has so far taken the lives of nearly 7,000 people in West Africa.
- Vladimir Putin, the Russian president who has remained in the headlines throughout this year, from his countryâ€™s stewardship of the Winter Olympics in Sochi to its annexation of Crimea, and its role in the ongoing civil strife in eastern Ukraine.
- Taylor Swift, one of the worldâ€™s top-selling pop artists, who this year shook up the music industry by pulling her music from streaming service Spotify, which she believes should compensate artists more.
- Jack Ma, an English teacher turned founder and CEO of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant which debuted a $25 billion IPO.
- Tim Cook, who introduced Appleâ€™s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay this year, and whose decision to come out made him the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.
- Masoud Barzani, the acting president of the Iraqi Kurdish Region since 2005, who has deftly threaded the regionâ€™s push for independence with the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.
- Roger Goodell, the National Football League commissioner whose leadership has been under great scrutiny this year as the league dealt with public incidents of domestic abuse by players such as Ray Rice, among other controversies.
While some of the magazine did listed some very worthy candidates, we just couldn’t wrap our heads around the actual reason Taylor Swift was considered as the World’s most interesting person of 2014 (last year’s was Pope Francis, which was meh, but okay).
And just when the world needs a working-class hero, where is Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, on that list?
Thatâ€™s right, Taylor Swift made Timeâ€™s shortlist but Joko Widodo didnâ€™t.
The Timeâ€™s editors reasons for picking the pop star: Swift shook up the music industry by removing her songs from music service Spotify.
Which is obviously more important than shaking up the political system of entrenched elitism and corruption in the worldâ€™s fourth largest country and inspiring its people with a hope for change that they had not experienced in over a generation. Which is all Jokowi did.
The magazine should take the list more seriously this time, instead of trying to be considered as ‘hip’ and ‘cool’ by the younger crowds.
Meanwhile,Gibbs will unveil Timeâ€™s Person of the Year on Today on Wednesday morning, when it will also be shared on Twitter and Facebook. Readers have already made their choice, picking Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as their favoured candidate in Timeâ€™s online poll.MYNEWSHUB