Time magazine's annual list of the most influential people on earth has been invaded by internet message board 4Chan, and the board's founder, moot, has won the internet poll and is now the most influential person on earth. God help us all.
Moot, whose real name is Christopher Poole, earned 16,794,368 votes and an average influence rating of 90. He easily beat out president Barack Obama, religious guy Rick Warren, your mom, rapper Li'l Wayne, Russian politico Vladimir Putin and Oprah Winfrey for the top spot. According to Time, "To put the magnitude of the upset in perspective, it's worth noting that everyone moot beat out actually has a job."
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao got a larger vote total with 20,391,818, but his "influence score" was much lower. The runner up for the title, Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, only scored 47 on the influence scale.
Moot denies that 4Chan, the message board that may or may not be behind LOLcats, Pedobear, and Rick-Rolling, was involved in a concerted effort to thrust him into Time's top spot. If I had to bet on it, though, I'd guess there is some internet chicanery involved in the upset victory.
Before you start saving up to buy a copy of Time's most influential issue with moot on the cover, it's worth noting that the internet poll and Time's actual list of the most influential people are entirely different. The magazine's list is selected by its editors, and is thus much more diverse and accurate than an internet-created list. While the internet list will certainly be mentioned in the magazine, it's unclear as to whether moot will even have his name dropped by the publication. After all, the internet may be a big joke, but magazine publishing is still serious business.
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Update: Helpful TheFeed commenter Cpt_Riley points out that the first letters in the top 21 names on the list spells out: "Marble Cake Also The Game." So I guess you and I just lost...