Essay: The Alt TIME 100

A list for the rest of us, featuring lots of reality-TV stars, plus Sanjaya's hair

You put enough old, overeducated journalists in a room and tell them to make a list of the world's 100 most influential people, and they'll pick people like paleogeneticist Svante Paabo and Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko. The only surprise is that the list doesn't include a good retirement planner.

Fine. But I thought the magazine could also use a hipper list, so I gathered a group of thinkers to put together the Alt TIME 100, a list of people who matter to the rest of us. Read the entire list at and decide for yourself which is...

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