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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Isn't a freeway sign more likely to be read by some fossil fuel burning douchebag than a blog posting is? If a Hummer-driving uber-bag gets on the info superhighway, he'll more likely be doing searches for "Cougars + big tits" than reading the most recent Slate.com article. I say hang your freeway signs, if it makes you feel good. And have a cheeseburger while you do it.

Anonymous

Isn't a freeway sign more likely to be read by some fossil fuel burning douchebag than a blog posting is? If a Hummer-driving uber-bag gets on the info superhighway, he'll more likely be doing searches for "Cougars + big tits" than reading the most recent Slate.com article. I say hang your freeway signs, if it makes you feel good. And have a cheeseburger while you do it.

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