An Egyptian protester stands beneath a giant national flag at a rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo on 2 December. By Bernat Armangue/AP

This year, it chose The Protester, a tip of the hat to popular protests in Egypt, the US, Russia, Greece, Spain, India, Tunisia, and many other countries.

The magazine itself is no longer the force it once was and is showing the strain of staying relevant in the age of social media, but its person of the year, surprisingly, seems to have retained its salience.