Thursday, April 19, 2012

People of 2012

My first thought on reading that Time had published its 100 Most Influential People list for 2012 was: it's only April, how can they have a list for 2012? My second came when I looked at the list, which was formatted just like this in the mobile news app - which is to say, not formatted at all - was that I wasn't even sure where some of those name began or ended (and if I didn't know a lot of them, the task would be even harder). Plus, what's that "and" doing? It makes it look like the last person on the list has a really looooooong name:
Jeremy Lin Christian Marclay Viola Davis Salman Khan Tim Tebow E.L. James Louis CK Rihanna Marco Rubio Ali Ferzat Rene Redzepi Kristen Wiig Anthony Kennedy Novak Djokovic Ben Rattray Jessica Chastain Yani Tseng Raphael Saadiq Elinor Ostrom Samira Ibrahim Jose Andres Ann Patchett Dulce Matuz Henrik Schrfe Freeman Hrabowski Maryam Durani Manal al-Sharif Anjali Gopalan Rached Ghannouchi Barbara Van Dahlen Ron Fouchier Donald Sadoway Hans Rosling Asghar Farhadi Sarah Burton Anonymous Pete Cashmore Cami Anderson Ali Babacan and Ahmet Davutoglu Ai-jen Poo Marc Andreessen Preet Bharara Robert Grant Andrew Lo Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Alexei Navalny Ray Dalio Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani Chelsea Handler Harvey Weinstein Chen Lihua Warren Buffett Alice Walton Harold Hamm Sheryl Sandberg Sara Blakely Eike Batista Tim Cook Daniel Ek Virginia Rometty Barack Obama Goodluck Jonathan Xi Jinping Fatou Bensouda Christine Lagarde Mario Draghi U Thein Sein Ayatullah Ali Khamenei Mitt Romney Juan Manuel Santos Timothy Dolan Portia Simpson Miller Mario Monti Wang Yang Maria das Gracas Silva Foster Andrew Cuomo Iftikhar Chaudhry Mamata Banerjee Walter Isaacson Ron Paul Benjamin Netanyahu Dilma Rousseff Erik Martin Cecile Richards Angela Merkel Lionel Messi Tilda Swinton Hillary Clinton Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Pippa Middleton Adele Matt Lauer Oscar Pistorius Claire Danes Stephen Colbert



At 10:28 AM, April 19, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Rihanna? Seriously? (Not that I'm shooting the messenger here, Ridger). But for what -- still having anything to do with her abuser? She has about as little common sense as Amy Winehouse defiantly declaring that she wouldn't go to rehab -- and we all know how THAT worked out.

At 10:47 AM, April 19, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

What the writeup says: She's one of the coolest, hottest, most talented, most liked, most listened to, most followed, most impressive artists at work today, but she does it in her own stride. She works hard, very hard. She gives to her fans, friends and foundation not just herself but her energy and spirit.

Rihanna, 24, goes out of her way to support the people she believes in. She is one of the few people I know in that world of fame and celebrity who aren't all about themselves. She'll give a real part of herself to an ordinary person she may meet, and that's rare.

This is the beginning for Rihanna — she has so much more to do and to give. She is just getting going, so watch out. She's the Barbados ambassador for youth and culture, and she's coming to a town near you.

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At 6:27 PM, April 19, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

And by the way: "she does it in her own stride" just sounds very, very weird to me.


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