Time Magazine’s Person of the Year: You
By LARRY McSHANEAssociated Press Writer
Published December 17, 2006, 4:10 AM CST
NEW YORK — Congratulations! You are the Time magazine “Person of the Year.” The annual honor for 2006 went to each and every one of us, as Time cited the shift from institutions to individuals — citizens of the new digital democracy, as the magazine put it. The winners this year were anyone using or creating content on the World Wide Web.
The San Francisco Renegades were born on the internet. The original seven members found each other on the internet, they planned rehearsals and held “meetings” via e-mail, they even did all of their marketing via the internet. (Which resulted in Lee Rudnicki getting kicked off the internet).
The “Powers that Be” at the Renegades have always recognized the internet, message boards, youtube, chatroom revolution. To this end, they have always encouraged the membership to post freely on the internet, recognizing that prohibiting the membership from discussing Renegades on the internet was about as silly as prohibiting them from talking about the corps on the telephone. To paraphrase Time’s article, they have recognized that we are “citizens of the new digital democracy”.
The content that the Renegades staff and general membership have added to the internet — content in general and content specifically dealing with drum corps–has been astounding. Many have given interviews re: Renegades and or drum corps on electronic news groups, many have developed websites for various corps, and many contribute to the several drum corps-related message boards on the internet. A special feature, not explored by any other drum corps on the planet, is allowing members and alums post directly to the ReneBlog located on the corp’s website’s front page.
I am proud to be part of an organization that is a major player in Time’s Person(s) of the Year.
See you adding content to the World Wide Web <$1 to Greg Gilman....Apple Computer's Web Master and Renegades Director>