By Jeff Labrecque
Updated December 14, 2011 at 01:45 PM EST
Time Magazine

Time Magazine has named The Protester as its 2011 Person of the Year, honoring the millions of idealistic and frustrated people around the globe who have awakened from a generational slumber to bring down governments in several countries and transform the political discourse in others. In his cover story, Kurt Andersen wrote, “2011 was unlike any year since 1968 — but more consequential because more protesters have more skin in the game. Their protests weren’t part of a countercultural pageant, as in ’68, and rapidly morphed into full-fledged rebellions, bringing down regimes and immediately changing the course of history. It was, in other words, unlike anything in any of our lifetimes…” Watch a clip here as Andersen discusses the choice:

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