Readers' Choice

In addition to the Person of the Year online poll, TIME.com offered a contest in which readers could explain their choice of POY in 50 words or less, with the best entry to be published in TIME. While there is no tally for these votes, they generally mirror the online results, but with fewer frivolous entries — apparently, wasting our time is less appealing when you have to waste yours too.

Predictably, the vast majority of submissions were related to 9/11, but not everyone drew the same conclusion from the event. The two highest...

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