Person of the Year
is an issue of the United States magazine Time
that has come out each year since 1927. Until 1999, it was called "Man of the Year."
The "Person of the Year" is not always a person. It can be a person, group, idea, or thing that "for better or for worse...has done the most to influence
the events of the year".
This means that being chosen is not an award
, like being chosen as the "best person of the year." The Person of the Year may be an enemy
of the United States, like Adolf Hitler
(1938) or Joseph Stalin
(1939 and 1942).
Every year, Time
chooses the person who they think has had the most effect on the things that have happened in that year (whether those things were good or bad).