NBC Nightly News TV anchor Brian Williams thinks Apple co-founder Steve Jobs should be Time’s Person of the Year, noting in remarks this week that the iconic entrepreneur “changed our world.”
Williams noted during his nomination speech:
“Not only did he change the world, but he gave us that spirit again that something was possible that you could look at a piece of plastic or glass and move your finger– that’s outlandish,” said Williams. “You could make things bigger or smaller like that. ‘Oh the places you’ll go’ and oh the way you will change forever the music and television industries. So may he rest in peace, Steve Jobs, and the spirit he represents, are my nominee for Person of the Year.”
Chef Mario Batali, who also served on the panel, agreed with Williams’ nomination. “I’m definitely a part of the fact and the belief that smartphones, the cell phone with photographic capability, has changed the world as much as the Bible has,” he said.
If chosen, Jobs would be the first person in the magazine’s history to receive the honor posthumously.
He’d also follow a long line-up of technologists who’ve received the honor, including Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Intel co-founder Andry Grove and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, his wife Melinda and singer Bono.
Jobs probably would get our nod, though it may be unlikely that Time’s editors will choose another technologist given that Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg received the honor last year.
At an event hosted by Time magazine this week, other panelists suggested the Tunisian fruit vendor who was credited for kicking off the Arab Spring and “angry people.”
What do you think? Should Jobs get the nod as Time’s Person of the Year?