Time Magazine
Jeff Labrecque
December 14, 2011 AT 01:45 PM EST

Time Magazine has named The Protester as its 2011 Person of the Year, honoring the millions of idealistic and frustrated people around the globe who have awakened from a generational slumber to bring down governments in several countries and transform the political discourse in others. In his cover story, Kurt Andersen wrote, “2011 was unlike any year since 1968 — but more consequential because more protesters have more skin in the game. Their protests weren’t part of a countercultural pageant, as in ’68, and rapidly morphed into full-fledged rebellions, bringing down regimes and immediately changing the course of history. It was, in other words, unlike anything in any of our lifetimes…” Watch a clip here as Andersen discusses the choice:

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