Sidarth selected Salon’s Person of the Year
Online magazine Salon has named the man Senator George Allen dubbed "macaca"– UVA fourth-year Shekar Ramanuja Sidarth– its Person of the Year for changing history with a camcorder and introducting "Allen– and the rest of us– to the real America."
Sidarth captured a moment that led to Allen's defeat of a presumed safe seat and upset the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. Says Salon, "He becomes a symbol of politics in the 21st century, a brave new world in which any video clip can be broadcast instantly everywhere and any 20-year-old with a camera can change the world. He builds a legacy out of happenstance."
3:45 Update: Time Magazine has also taken notice of Sidarth's role as an unlikely political player and has named him one of 15Â "online citizens" who are exemplary of how the Internet makes "You" the Person of the Year.