Growing up “Time” was just another establishment magazine, part of the Henry Luce empire, obsessed with fighting “Red China” and communism. It’s different these days
It did pick Trump for “Person of the Year”, but he was arguably the person who had (or going to have) the most impact on world affairs. Yet the photo on the cover by Nadav Kander is not at all flattering. We see a scheming conspiratorial figure looking down on us. The weekly newspaper Forward has a whole article about the political meaning of the photo.
It brings to mind the classic Edward Steichen photo of banker (robber baron) J.P. Morgan where he appears to be thrusting a knife at the viewer.
In the same “Time” issue there’s an insert, a mini-sized issue of Time, the “Man of the Year” cover of 1963. Actually it’s an ad for the Amazon video series “The Man in the High Castle” (based on the early 1950’s Phillip Dick novel of alternate history). In the novel it’s the Nazi and the Japanese Empire that won World War II. In the alternate 1963 “Man of the Year” issue we read “But more than the symbols the fabric of the nation has been profound altered under Nazi rule. Once our borders were open to the tired, the poor and the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Now the very idea of wretched refuse upon our teeming shore is repellent.” Is it a a subversive look at the “alternate history” we’re going to have to endure under Trump?
Also worth reading in the issue is “Recep Tayyip Erdogan” by their Middle East editor Jared Malsin. He ends the piece “Peace at home, peace abroad” was the slogan Turkish schoolchildren learned from Ataturk. Under Erdogan, the country may end up with neither”. One thing I hoped he had gone into in detail, Erdogan’s role in Syria. The U.S. “anti-imperialists” say he helped every kind of Islamic force including ISIS. A Kurdish YPG writer says he was lavishly supply fundamentalists and running things in eastern Aleppo. Now Erdogan seems to be only interested in fighting Kurds and has patched up things with Putin and Netanyahu. Would like some evidence based look at this question.