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I have written regularly for the Bison Newspaper since 2013.
I was featured in the Petit Jean while a class writer during the 2013 Fall semester.
Undergraduate Research Thesis
What's in a Face: A Content Analysis of
Time Magazine's Person of the Year Since 1927
Originally called “Man of the Year,” TIME began the tradition of selecting a person who was a newsmaker of the year “for better or for worse.”
In 1927, the original cover of Charles Lindbergh was an attempt to resolve a mistake earlier that year were Linbergh was snubbed a cover story after his famous trans-Atlantic flight.
The title was changed to Person of the Year in 1999.
The selections are based on what the magazine describes as who has had the largest influence on history and who best represented the year.
The Title of Person of the year has been given to some world’s most controversial figures.
Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Nikia Kruschchev and Ayatollah Khomeini have all been received the title.
The mean age was 56 years, the median was 56, and the mode was 57.
There were 16 recipients that do not have recordable ages, leaving 76 for analysis.
The youngest recipient was Charles Lindberg at the at of 25.
The oldest recipient was Pope John XXII at the age of 81.
After Caucasian, the first race represented was Indian. Mahatma Ghandi was awarded the title in 1930.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama are the only two African-American U.S Military and Political Leaders.
President Obama has received the title twice, the only racial minority to do so.
Only three women have received the title as individuals: Wallis Simpson in 1936, Queen Elizabeth II in 1952, and Corazon Aqino in 1986.
For the 1975 issue, the title was changed to Woman of the Year and was awarded to The American Woman.
In this study, Soong May-ling, The American Woman, The Whistleblowers and The Protester were all considered female due to a woman being the dominate feature of the cover picture on their respective issues.
Some of the magazine’s more controversial covers have not depicted people but ideas.
“You” won the title in 2006 for being the content creators for the World Wide Web and advancing the Information Age.
Twenty of the indiviuals that are categoriezed as International Leaders are Caucasian.
The thesis can be read in its entirety here.