Time Magazine Listened to Me! The 2012 Time 100


Last year I wrote a scathing Op-Ed criticizing Time Magazine for only including 3 Latinos (2 Latin Americans and 1 U.S. Hispanic) in the list of the world’s top 100 influencers.  Click here to read  Open Letter to Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel.

I passionately argued that this Manhattan-céntrico and clubby view of the world doesn’t “get” the social, cultural, political, and economic revolution occurring in the U.S. due to the Latino demographic boom and this group’s contributions.  Time‘s navel-gazing perspective also outed a graver problem–a lack of diversity at the highest levels of that publication’s power structure. Time is not unique.  This condition afflicts the mainstream media as evidenced by other “lists” such as Newsweek/Daily Beasts 150 Women Who Shake the World that routinely fail to open up the definition of success and impact beyond what appears to be the top brass’ buddies.

¡Well, go compile your own list!  No.  We ALL have skin in this game called America, not just the anointed ones.  As it relates to U.S. issues, we all coexist and mutually strengthen each other with these “lists” bestowing a legitimacy on different points of view and others perspectives keeping the mainstream relevant.

2012 Time 100

Courtesy: Time

Time appears to have heard my ¡psst!

Read the entire list by clicking here:

The 2012 Time 100 includes 9 Latinos: comedian Louis CK, Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R), chef, businessman, and philanthropist José Andrés, DREAMer and advocate Dulce Matuz, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista, Brazilian Oil Exec Maria das Graças Silva Foster, FC Barcelona soccer living legend Lionel Messi, and President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos.  South African double amputee and 2012 Olympian Oscar Pistorius and the next chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatuo Bensouda highlight this list’s geographic, intellectual, and cultural diversity.  The passion for their work snuff outs despair with a torch of hope that shines brightly.

Other choices are questionable: Marco Rubio, why?  Is Time chief Richard Stengel running with the DC politico herd in thinking that Rubio can deliver the Latino vote just because of his name?  Does he fails to realize the diversity, uniqueness, and breadth of U.S. Hispanics Florida’s junior Senator doesn’t capture?  Does he not perceive that Latino voters are struggling to connect with Rubio based on his record?

Time get high snaps, although it got to the diversity, specifically the Latino party late.  But as I asked in last year’s Op-Ed, how diverse are the decision making ranks?  That’s when I’ll award Time a medal.

Who is on your “list” that’s missing from Time’s?

 

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8 Responses to “Time Magazine Listened to Me! The 2012 Time 100”

  1. Martin Cobern says:

    Why not Viviana Hurtado, the voice of the Wise Latina?

  2. Sujeiry says:

    I agree with Marti! You should be on that list. And myself, if it’s about love, relationships and pepa talk :-)

    On another note, I had no idea Louis C.K was Mexican! Glad they hear your roar, Viviana, and added some more Latinos to the list.

    Now, lets work on getting in there…

  3. vianney says:

    Yay for Jose Andres! They would be silly not to listen to you… your fierce!!

  4. Good for my president! But I would love to see more important artist on the list as Fernando Botero.

  5. I’m a fan of Jose Andres…. but there are many that could have been mentioned and were not. :(

  6. Eva Smith says:

    I was very disappointed that Oprah was not on the list. I personally believe she is more influential than 95% of the people on the list. Mis dos centavos.

  7. Bren says:

    Jose Andres?? Love his food. Not crazy about his PR team! That’s a different story for another day. As for Rubio… it’s politics as usual. You and I can engage in a great debate about the Latino vote and guise of a platform established by candidates. I’ve learned that some things will never change. The ONLY issue the really ever matters is… wait for it… immigration.

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