Friday, April 30, 2010

Time Reveals the Power of Influence

Time magazine has released the results of its 2010 Time 100 Poll. Some 200 nominations were made and people were asked to cast their votes online.

Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Iran's opposition leader, was in top spot with 1,492,879 votes, followed by blogger, writer and racecar driver Han Han with 873,220. Guess his fans must be pretty pleased with the outcome.

Interestingly, the next Chinese on the list is human rights activist Liu Xiaobo who is currently jailed for 11 years for "inciting subversion of state power." He's just below singer Susan Boyle, but three spots up from talk-show host Conan O'Brien.

US President Barack Obama is No. 21, and his wife Michelle is No. 37. She is just in front of satirist Stephen Colbert.

Then it isn't until No. 50 do we see Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai, and then at a lowly No. 138 is Vice Premier Wang Qishan. Interestingly, Wang beat out US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at No. 143.



gung said...

this type of opinion voting is always skewered depending on the sampling population. i dont think it means very much.

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Are the Chinese people still waiting for the point of view of that western news paper to have an opinion of themselves?

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