Person of the Year is a marker of influence, and few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too. In 2021, Musk emerged not just as the world's richest person but also as perhaps the richest example of a massive shift in our society.The video surprised me pleasantly by both praising and criticizing Musk; he deserves both. On the one hand, I consider him to be a fellow Crazy Eddie by trying to save humanity, or at least civilization, by promoting sustainable energy and space colonization. On the other, I think his level of wealth accumulation is not good for society. At least he's doing something interesting and generally useful with his money instead of just consuming conspicuously. That would be worse.
NBC's Today Show covered the announcement in Elon Musk Is TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year.
Edward Felsenthal, editor-in-chief of TIME, joins TODAY live to reveal the magazine’s pick for its 2021 Person of the Year: Elon Musk. “He is reshaping life on Earth and possibly off Earth as well,” Felsenthal says. “He really speaks to the moment we’re in.”I think Time Magazine's choices for Heroes of the Year, Athlete of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year are all worthy of attention. Now that Time has uploaded the video for Heroes of the Year, I plan on sharing that next as a pandemic update. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, I'm sharing Musk's Person of the Year cover.