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What planet are they on?

Time 100 Who Shape the WorldTime magazine has just released its list of the 100 People Who Shape Our World (Wait! Don’t run out to the newsstand — you can get it [here]). And, sorry to say, it’s another harbinger of the Apocalypse. That may be overstating it a hair, but, man, it’s just damned weird.

Well, the first problem with their list of 100 World Shapers is that it has 102 members (104, if you count Melinda Gates, George Bush Sr. and Chris DeWolfe as separate entities — I’m betting they would). Alright, so we can’t crtiticize newsmagazine editors for accuracy (after all, if God had wanted us to be able to count accurately to 100 It would have given us 100 fingers and toes), but we can question their perception of just who should be on their list of 100+1+1+1+1 World Shapers.

If you regroup slightly the people they drop willy-nilly into made-up categories like “Artists and Entertainers”, “Heroes and Pioneers” and “Builders and Titans”, you find that the largest single group, making up about 35%, are entertainers. That’s right, the flagship magazine of the news empire built by Henry Luce believes that our world is shaped — overwhelmingly — by people who cavort in costumes and greasepaint and jockstraps and guitars to entertain us. I told you. Apocalypse.

What, you may wonder, would cause sober editors at a respected Time-Warner news magazine to believe such things. After all, this isn’t People magazine (owned by Time-Warner) or Entertainment Weekly (owned by Time-Warner) or even the usual gang of idiots at Mad Magazine (owned by Time-Warner). I’m at a loss. I honestly don’t have a clue about why a serious news magazine, that just happens to be owned by a major media and entertainment company could somehow believe that entertainers are, as a class, the most important people in the world.


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