Who will win Time Magazine’s person of 2022?
It’s that time of year again when Time Magazine awards its person of the year, so here’s the shortlist so far
Time Magazine is looking for who dominated headlines and conversations in 2022. Ahead of the reveal this week, it has shortlisted a few candidates.
Elon Musk makes the cut
Top pick, is Elon Musk once again. The billionaire dominating headlines for his $44 billion takeover of Twitter.
He is no stranger to controversy, with many critics slamming his changes to the social media giant.
Next, is Xi Jinping as he secured himself a third term as President of China. He also stole the global spotlight for his draconian zero-covid strategy, as thousands call for his resignation.
Xi has also been the centre of geopolitical tensions and trade with the United States and Australia.
Plus, China’s dominance over Taiwan has cause a global stir.
U.S. Supreme Court
Also named is the U.S. Supreme court for overturning the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade abortion law.
The landmark ruling overturned the law that recognised a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion and legalised it nationwide.
It sparked global protests with thousands of women begging for the right to decide what they do with their own bodies.
No surprise, Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky made the cut. The comedian turned President is leading his country through war.
During 2022, Zelensky has given unwavering strength for Ukraine. He has forced world leaders to support the war-torn nation, in the face of Russian aggression.
He has been a pillar of hope, endurance and resilience.
Protestors in Iran have also been named, as the country continues to stand up against the strict Islamic Republic.
The uprising is one of the largest in the nations history, with the world unable to turn a blind eye.
Women have been burning their hijabs and cutting their hair, forcing the Parliament to review the mandatory hijab law.
The magazine also made mention of Ron DeSantis, Gun safety advocates and Liz Cheney.
Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood
Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media
Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?
Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.
These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.
They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.
Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death
Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.
The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.
The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.
“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.
Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.
Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.
Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help
Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology
‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.
Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.
He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.
Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”
The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.
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