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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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Tim Cook Makes Shortlist for TIME's 2012 Person of the Year




TIME today unveiled its shortlist of people who are being considered for TIME's annual Person of the Year Award. Apple CEO Tim Cook is on the list, as well as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

The Person of the Year award is given to "a person, couple, group, idea, place, or machine" that has "for better or for worse done the most to influence the events of the year." TIME's editorial team decides the winner.

The two tech CEOs join notable figures like Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist who suffered a head wound after being shot by the Taliban, United States President Barack Obama, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and the three scientists behind the discovery of the Higgs Boson.

In 2011, Steve Jobs was posthumously nominated for TIME's Person of the Year by NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams, but he did not win. He also did not make it to the final shortlist. This year, Cook has worked to bring some production of Apple products back to the United States, and to improve working conditions for factory employees. He also stepped up to accept responsibility for Apple's Maps failure and restructured Apple's management.

The Protestor, a group choice inspired by Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian fruit vendor who famously set himself on fire in a public square, received the award in 2011, while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg won in 2010.

TIME's 2012 winner for Person of the Year will be announced tomorrow morning.

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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:08 PM   #2
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I wish they didn't nominate any CEOs in the list... It should be reserved to actual heroes of the world that actually thrived to make changes to help humanity without any profit-driven intent.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:10 PM   #3
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I think Cook is doing a great job, but Person of the Year seems premature. Much like Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize his first year in office.

And why in the world would Bill Clinton even be on the consideration list???
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:13 PM   #4
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Sorry - Tim Cook is arguably a great business man - but he's no Time Person of the Year.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:16 PM   #5
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Sorry - Tim Cook is arguably a great business man - but he's no Time Person of the Year.
There might some bias towards Americans but it isn't limited to only Americans.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Person_of_the_Year
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:20 PM   #6
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I was under the impression that the BTO macs were always finished up in the USA and that elements of the products (glass, parts) were manufactured in the USA. During the interview I heard him saying that he'd "like to see production in the USA" but currently there wasn't the skill set/education to do it?

And why the hell is this one man on the shortlist for person of the year? The company as a whole hasn't done anything spectacular over the last year other than grow products sold/increase their own cash pot

When Steve Jobs was nominated, he was nominated based on years of products he helped to create or dominate industries with. Last I checked, Tim Cook was good with the operations but nothing inspirational or industry revolutionary. Kind of seems these people who nominate are running out of ideas in a dead economy.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:22 PM   #7
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And why in the world would Bill Clinton even be on the consideration list???
Probably for their philanthropic endeavors.

Like Bill Gates, Bill Clinton has found a second act worthy of praise and attention.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:23 PM   #8
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Pretty sad that CEO, the people that Obama and the media are fighting against, is a person of the year nominee. You know the 1%. The guys who mark up everything 45%.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 09:18 PM   #9
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Pretty sad that CEO, the people that Obama and the media are fighting against, is a person of the year nominee. You know the 1%. The guys who mark up everything 45%.
Obama is in the 1%. Big media are in the 1%. Let's not be so gullible.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:24 PM   #10
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How could Tim Cook be the Person of the Year if Steve Jobs did not even make it?
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 08:40 PM   #12
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How could Tim Cook be the Person of the Year if Steve Jobs did not even make it?
hmm.. i thought he got it in 2010... i was wrong
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Old Dec 19, 2012, 03:32 AM   #13
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I think Cook is doing a great job, but Person of the Year seems premature. Much like Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize his first year in office.
I agree. Year 2012 was basically the year that Tim Cook survived the "Steve Jobs is Dead, No One Can Lead Apple Any More" meme. The world had high expectations of him to lead Apple in a post-SJ era, and Cook did a solid job. It was the minimum he could do.

Now if Cook can continue and build his successes in 2013, and show the world that Apple can have a blockbuster year (in 2013) in a post-Steve era, THEN he might deserve recognition like Person of the Year.

I'm not just talking about blockbuster year for sales. I'm actually talking about Apple being a huge success in all fronts that matter... like bolstering its brand image (recently under assault from various mistakes like Maps), or perhaps even coming to a resolution/settlement with the thermonuclear war against Samsung/Google.

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Hitler was Person of the Year, Stalin twice, Khrushchev, Deng Xioping and Putin. The person of the year doesn't have to be a good or well liked person.
Correct.

Time gives the recognition to individuals that have had GREAT influence on current events. Hitler and Stalin were two examples, and their actions affected millions upon millions of people on this planet. In other words, they made a mark on this world (for better or for worse).
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Let me get this straight, the article is giving him credit for bringing 200 jobs to the US, encouraging FoxConn to be just a semi-sweat shop instead of full sweat shop and apologizing for the Maps Fiasco and that's worth 'Person of the Year'???

That's flat out laughable.
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Within the US, I'd say the American voter, or possibly Barack Obama. But since I have a US-centric view, I can't comment on who might be more appropriate at a world level, simply because I don't know what's going on worldwide nearly as much as I do in the US. We have the world's largest GDP, but there are about 7 billion people on Earth and each of them has a world within him or her, and many of them live in worlds that are influenced by people I've never heard of.

I guess I'd also wonder if they try to pick someone who promoted free-trade in the past. China's growth has been amazing in that it continues without the boom/bust cycle we're used to, and I assume it's largely because of free trade that wealth will eventually start to equalize worldwide. Wasn't Clinton largely responsible for free trade with China? Maybe he'll get a nod again!
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:19 PM   #17
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Tim Cook is definitely not on Steve Job's level yet. But I like him and he is perfect as the successor as he has worked with Steve extensively in the past. By no means person of the year though.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:20 PM   #18
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The Yahoo Mail service continues to fail. No CEO of a company should be on the short list if they can't even get their mail servers to work correctly.
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I wish they didn't nominate any CEOs in the list... It should be reserved to actual heroes of the world that actually thrived to make changes to help humanity without any profit-driven intent.
This is not an award or honor. It is not meant to be given to someone for being a hero. The Time Person of the Year is given to the person (or persons) who most influenced events. Past winners have included Hitler and Stalin.and the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Cook and Apple have been significantly impactful and his consideration is fair, although I don't think he should/will win.
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This is not an award or honor. It is not meant to be given to someone for being a hero. The Time Person of the Year is given to the person (or persons) who most influenced events. Past winners have included Hitler and Stalin.and the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Cook and Apple have been significantly impactful and his consideration is fair, although I don't think he should/will win.
If it's for the year 2012 - the only "accomplishment" Tim really has under his belt is keeping Apple going and thriving. But isn't that the job of any CEO? Is there something that Tim has done that has put him above everyone else in 2012?

I ask earnestly. Because I can't think of anything.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:26 PM   #21
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Cook made the short list? He looks taller on stage.
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Cook made the short list? He looks taller on stage.
*rimshot* Good one!
On Topic: I can't think of many people who should be on the list. A lot happened this year, and I think I'm kind of leaning towards Barack Obama because of the election (which seems like a lazy, but solid choice) or Malala because of the broader issues she represents: violence against women, violence against children, the struggles of people around the world to get an education, the ongoing fight against senseless extremists.

But... Tim Cook? I would loose any respect I have for Time if they chose him as the most important person of 2012. They may as well select George Lucas for selling Star Wars to Disney at that rate.
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This is not an award or honor. It is not meant to be given to someone for being a hero. The Time Person of the Year is given to the person (or persons) who most influenced events. Past winners have included Hitler and Stalin.and the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Cook and Apple have been significantly impactful and his consideration is fair, although I don't think he should/will win.
Interesting...... given those names, I would argue that Cook is in the running, having unleashed Apple maps on us.

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I have to completely agree with @aerok here. Cook is doing a good job but it's not something that 'changed' the face of the world. He didn't put a dent in the universe. The standards, folks. The standards are definitely going down.
Please, Apple Maps changed the world as we used to know it.
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Barack for the WIN!

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Please, Apple Maps changed the world as we used to know it.
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I wish they didn't nominate any CEOs in the list... It should be reserved to actual heroes of the world that actually thrived to make changes to help humanity without any profit-driven intent.
Profit is a just and moral motive. One that has driven America since it's founding.

TIME is an American publication.

Connect the dots.
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