Time came out with its annual person of the year today and, in my view, gave the honor to a worthy but "safe" choice: Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook.

Zuckerberg's Facebook is worth billions on paper and, as the article notes, has wired together a twelfth of humanity around the globe. This is truly a remarkable accomplishment.

Forget the notion of "Facebook Nation" -- we're talking "Facebook Planet."

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Zuckerberg has also been lauded for his huge donation -- $100 million -- to New Jersey schools. And the entrepreneur has pledged to give away even more of his fortune.

Anyhow, I say it was the safe choice because there was a huge push in the popular voting to name Julian Assange, founder of secrets-spilling website Wikileaks, as the Person of the Year for Time.

In the readers' choice category, Assange came in first, while Zuckerberg came in tenth.

Should Assange been Time's Person of the Year? He and his website have shined a light on government activity across the world, including ours in the U.S.

His work is bringing to a head issues of free speech and freedom of the press in the face of disclosure of classified documents.

Interesting aside: supporters of Wikileaks congregate at a Facebook page, where more than 1.3 million people are fans. Perhaps Zuck and Assange should have been co-Persons of the Year?

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