So Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is Time‘s “Person of the Year“, huh? Let’s be honest: Zuckerberg was the “Person of the Year” because Hollywood made a cool, largely fictional film about him. Facebook hasn’t changed much since 2009. And as powerful and important as Facebook has become, its growth in the past year is nowhere near as interesting or important as what WikiLeaks has accomplished over the same time.
[A] great deal can be said about Assange, much of it unpleasant. He is inclined to the grandiose. Contempt for nearly every authority drives his work, and unguarded e-mails — leaked, naturally — reveal hopes that transparency will bring “total annihilation of the current U.S. regime.” In London, he is fighting extradition to face allegations in Sweden that he sexually assaulted two WikiLeaks supporters.