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Let’s see who the internet thinks should be Times Person Of The Year

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Time’s Person Of The Year, as we all know, is the highest honor that can be awarded to a human being. Nobel Prizes and MacArthur Fellowships go to nerds and the Oscars are for professional liars. Person Of The Year is different. It’s the prize of the people.

Knowing now that everyone’s top choice considers a photo shoot and interview far too much of a hassle to return for a second year in a row (and no, it does not matter at all that nobody actually asked), the internet has had to pick up the slack.

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Following a tantalizing (and eye-meltingly colored) blank canvas tweeted out by Buzzfeed’s AM To DM account, online virtuosos have taken up the challenge.

Following online tradition, each response is 100-percent serious. The best, while not exactly people in the narrow sense of the word, make a strong case for themselves.

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Others, taking the challenge a bit more seriously, have suggested several different human beings.

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Lastly, neither animal or object, falling into no discernible category, is something much worse than any reasonable person would suggest:

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Excepting the Porg, these are all fine choices and a clear indication that Time can always count on the people to help it make such momentous annual decisions. Who says democracy is dead?

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Reid McCarter

Contributor, The A.V. Club. Reid's a writer and editor who has appeared at GQ, Playboy, and Paste. He also co-created and writes for videogame sites Bullet Points Monthly and Digital Love Child.