Apple's revolutionary co-founder Steve Jobs and the Occupy Wall Street protesters up in arms against corporate greed have emerged as early favourites for TIME magazine's annual 'Person of the Year' honour.
The magazine's 2011 Person of the Year will be unveiled in its December issue and "in a year that has shown so many stories of triumph and tragedy from every corner of the world," Jobs and the Wall Street protesters have emerged as popular favourites.
Jobs, who passed away in October, would be a "contentious choice" since Time has "never actually chosen a dead person" to be its Person of the Year, TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel said at a panel discussion held here on who should grace the cover of TIME's December issue for the 84-year-old ritual.
Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of evening news programme NBC Nightly News, supported Jobs' nomination saying "not only did Jobs change the world, but he gave us that spirit again that something was possible, that you could look at a piece of glass or plastic and move your finger, that is outlandish… may he rest in peace."
Celebrity Chef Mario Batali said Jobs' gadgets changed the world "as much as the Bible has."
Actor Jesse Eisenberg, who played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the Oscar winning film 'The Social Network', voted for protesters fighting greed and tyranny at home and abroad.
"The major shifts globally and domestically have been made by individuals that have formed together to resist, reject and often times even topple leaders. They have been movements of populism."
American comedian Seth Meyers said: "Angry People are the Person of the Year because they are right to be angry."
Tunisian vendor Mohammed Bouazizi, whose immolation last year became a catalyst for the Tunisian revolution and the wider Arab Spring movement, was another name doing the rounds for the TIME honour.
The panel's discussion also veered towards who could be the "evil" person of the year, someone "who has had the largest effect on the planet without us really paying attention."
For this the panelists picked the "entire banking industry and their disregard for the people that they are supposed to be working for" and Osama bin Laden.
In 2010, 27-year-old billionaire Zuckerberg was named the Person of the Year. Previously, US President Barack Obama was picked for the honour.