The Big Ideas of 2009

Person of the Year

The Person of the Year award is given to an individual who wields a massive social, environmental and economic impact.

The Person of the Year award is given to an individual who wields a massive social, environmental and economic impact. This year's recipient is none other than the first-world consumer, whose fantastic disregard for his surroundings is wreaking planetary havoc.

he might be potbellied or lean, his flat screen television holds no prejudice. He guzzles fossil fuels without giving it a thought – driving fantastic feats of automotive mastery four blocks to the liquor store.

numbskull stimulation comes easy to this fellow – he loads up on UFC matches, Mariah Carey and Maury Povich. This might be forgivable, if not for the copious amounts of energy he uses – some 40 times more than anyone in the developing world.

this person of the year loves the hamburgers. Loves ‘em. He’s a hog of epic proportions, often needing two chairs to support his girth. Should the current obesity epidemic continue, squadrons of gastropods in motorized carts will be rolling around local food courts.

ten million people starve to death around the world every year. Does the Person of the Year care? Perhaps, but as only as a passing notion, a fleeting sympathy sparked by an article in Reader’s Digest, which is then quelled by taking a warm bath.

this person ignores standard methods of contraception, spawning generations in his likeness and spoiling the gene pool for years to come. Kudos, Person of the Year, and good luck to you. You’re probably going to need it.

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not that smart

Was this written by a freshman in college who just read In These Times for the first time? I've come to expect better from adbusters

not that smart

Was this written by a freshman in college who just read In These Times for the first time? I've come to expect better from adbusters

Seriously?

How many trees had to die to convey this vapid, trite sentiment to checkout stands for First World consumption? And did you deliver every issue with bicycles or electric cars? Or did you use a Nimbus 2000? Please don't let your kids write any more of your articles for you, or I shall be forced to remove you from my Yahoo homepage.

Seriously?

How many trees had to die to convey this vapid, trite sentiment to checkout stands for First World consumption? And did you deliver every issue with bicycles or electric cars? Or did you use a Nimbus 2000? Please don't let your kids write any more of your articles for you, or I shall be forced to remove you from my Yahoo homepage.

yelahneb

meh - listen to you cynical bozos. AdBusters is calling out fools like they always have, and all you trolls have is pithy, defensive noise. either get inspired to action or get your own megaphone - your criticism here is self-serving and in no way contributes to the conversation.

yelahneb

meh - listen to you cynical bozos. AdBusters is calling out fools like they always have, and all you trolls have is pithy, defensive noise. either get inspired to action or get your own megaphone - your criticism here is self-serving and in no way contributes to the conversation.

Anonymous

I've been curious about this for a while: do Adbusters print on recycled paper? It seems too glossy but I can't say for sure. I sent them an email asking that question, but no reply...

Anonymous

I've been curious about this for a while: do Adbusters print on recycled paper? It seems too glossy but I can't say for sure. I sent them an email asking that question, but no reply...

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