What do Barack Obama, Jeremy Lin, Stephen Colbert, and Chelsea Handler have in common? They’re all interesting people. They have something else in common, too. They’ve all made the cut on the Time Magazine’s top 100 list. That’s right, gang; this year’s Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world has been released.
The list is an interesting group. Honestly, lists like this fascinate me. Not just this particular list, but all large lists. For example, Time’s Top 140 Twitter Feeds or Time’s Person of the Year award is something that makes sense to me, even if I can’t figure out how they put the listing together. Twitter is something you can quantify, look at, and rank; important people like the Person of the Year make a lot of sustained media noise and attract a lot of attention, though it’s more difficult than putting together a top 140 list.
But a list like this, which features celebrities and notables writing about other celebrities and notables, must be incredibly difficult to put together (if only due to the logistics of getting people like Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron to write a few hundred words on the person of their choice). I recommend checking the list out; there are some fascinating people on it.
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