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December 17, 2006

Cycling Dude Chosen Time Person of the Year

I had to share the honor, though. ;-D

Look at 2006 through a different lens and you'll see another story, one that isn't about conflict or great men. It's a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It's about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people's network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It's about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.

The tool that makes this possible is the World Wide Web.

This honor means a lot to me, and I am thrilled to receive it.

At the tail end of the last century I took a huge, and long over due, step toward changing my life for the better by buying a computer, going online, and joining  the original Time Online Community of Message Boards ( Pathfinder, if I remember correctly. ) that once thrived on the website of the magazine.

I met people there, online, and in person, who brought me out of a lifelong shell of loneliness.

They gave me the courage to express myself, with opinions, and creative writing, and to travel by airplane halfway across the country for two 4 day weekends.

I still hang out online with a very select few of those folks, including 1 who changed my life, yet again, by persuading me to join the Blogosphere, in the Spring of 2002.

They gave me the courage to change careers, and offered support as I moved to Orange County.

I now have 2 Blogs ( The Dude was opened in January 2003. ), and the best paying job of my life, and an outlook on life that I did not have all those years ago.

The Internet has had a similar effect on the lives of millions of people all around the world, in free countries, and those not so free.

We share our interests, lives, and opinions, and discover all the world has to offer without always having to rely on the Mainstream Media to bring it to our attention, and explain it to us.

We communicate on a daily basis with more people, from more places, all around the world, than we could have once dreamed of, and our lives, and the world, are better for it.

For the 1st time in years I'll be buying, and reading, a copy of Time Magazine, in order to see what it has to say about something. ;-D

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I accept your award on my behalf.

Posted by: Phil | Dec 17, 2006 4:28:01 AM

U R Welcome! ;-D

Posted by: Kiril, The Cycling Dude | Dec 17, 2006 11:40:56 AM

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