I've got to keep this short today - because I'm expecting Oprah, Leno, Letterman, Stewart, Colbert and all the morning shows to call today in a rush to book me for their shows. That's because I've been selected as Time Magazine's Person of the Year.
I really wasn't expecting this. Who would have thunk it? Me, of all people, beating out such influential forces as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jon Il, President Bush, Don Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Iraqi insurgents, American voters, heck - even Paris Hilton.
I wasn't selected for my visionary intellect, my winning personality, my sparkling wit or my questionable parenting skills. I was picked because I use the Internet for more than e-mail and shopping. Because I am taking part in the national conversation, and because I recognize that the power lies with the people. And by the way, just by reading this blog, you were picked as Time's Person of the Year, too.
That's right. According to Time Magazine Managing Editor Rick Stengel, "individuals are changing the nature of the information age, that the creators and consumers of user-generated content are transforming art and politics and commerce, that they are the engaged citizens of a new digital democracy."
My reaction? It's about time, Time. It seems the last "people" on earth to finally come to this realization, are the people who feel most threatened by this "new digital democracy": the mainstream media and other "power" brokers. As I've written many times before -- they no longer control the conversation. And for anyone who still wonders what it's all about and why, just take the time to read this issue of Time.
The article titled "It's All About Us" explains why amateurs like myself are adding our voices to "the Web's great evolving conversation." Because people are listening - and the media can't do it all.
NBC News anchor Brian Williams has a thoughtful essay called "Enough About You" which explains that "while the mainstream media were having lunch, members of the audience made other plans."
I'm not prescient. I'm just a middle aged mom who, over the past 20 years, has watched the country and its conversation be controlled by a small number of powerful people in the media and business and politics. And people like me, in our kitchens, talked about it, but didn't have the tools to change it.
But now we do. And while the "powers that be" have been doing "business as usual"...the rest of us have taken back control of the conversation and are enjoying each other's company.
So congratulations to you and to me....it's about time!
Every year is getting shorter
Never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to nought
Or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desparation is the English way
The time is gone
The song is over
Thought I'd something more to say.
The exciting part about taking part in the national conversation - is actually getting your voice out there! You can do so just by clicking below on "Comments" and adding your opinion.