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December 20, 2010 4:34 AM   Subscribe

Meet the top 100 global thinkers of 2010.
posted by klue (36 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Looks more like the most annoyingly news headline/obvious news story topic fodder list.
posted by sammyo at 4:55 AM on December 20, 2010


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posted by Bathtub Bobsled at 4:59 AM on December 20, 2010


A list! A list! I spent five minutes scanning through them... don't know, know, vaguely recall, don't know, know, don't know..... David Cameron?????

Also, the FP logo is a JPEG. A JPEG for text! For Pete's sake.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 5:06 AM on December 20, 2010


Up next, the top 100 local actors.
posted by Eideteker at 5:08 AM on December 20, 2010


tl;dr Anyone of note on the list?
posted by chavenet at 5:17 AM on December 20, 2010


the FP logo is a JPEG. A JPEG for text! For Pete's sake

It was converted from a FPG. (Not many people remember Foreign Policy Graphic format. The FPG was less efficient than other formats due to its high level of redundant noise, so it gave a distorted image of anything it represented, but it's still a favorite way to communicate to high level decision makers.)
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:27 AM on December 20, 2010 [7 favorites]


Interesting to see how many Japanese made it onto their list ...
posted by woodblock100 at 5:30 AM on December 20, 2010


If Matt Haughey isn't on the list, it's irrevocably flawed.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:37 AM on December 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Not many people remember Foreign Policy Graphic format. The FPG was less efficient than other formats due to its high level of redundant noise, so it gave a distorted image of anything it represented, but it's still a favorite way to communicate to high level decision makers

It's a Monday morning, and I have spent the last three minutes trying to determine if you're joking or not.
posted by Think_Long at 5:45 AM on December 20, 2010


99 top thinkers + Thomas Friedman
posted by atrazine at 5:46 AM on December 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


Also, the FP logo is a JPEG. A JPEG for text! For Pete's sake.
As opposed to...???
posted by Thorzdad at 5:55 AM on December 20, 2010


A corollary to the FPG would be the Military PowerPoint
posted by honest knave at 5:55 AM on December 20, 2010


99 top thinkers + Thomas Friedman

Actually it's 119 + Friedman, but I guess they were unable to either excise 20 people from the list or, y'know, not claim it's 100. Silly FP!
posted by kittyprecious at 6:02 AM on December 20, 2010


... is there a link to the full list of 100 "GLOBAL THINKERS?" I already assumed that in/famous "global" dickhead Thomas Friedman was on it, but I'd like to be able to to see the whole list at one go.
posted by Auden at 6:03 AM on December 20, 2010


Yeah, there are 100 entries, but some people share a slot.
posted by atrazine at 6:03 AM on December 20, 2010


(apologies: i see I have to mouse over the photos...)
posted by Auden at 6:05 AM on December 20, 2010


Or, lots or wealthy and powerful people who might have original thought, or might just be there cos they're good at screwing the world and making even more money for everyone.

I'd like to see a graph of income plotted against position on this list.

(sure paul farmer and others are there, but many of them are just powerful people due to money or politics, or both. That does not make them global thinkers).
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 6:25 AM on December 20, 2010


Single page.
posted by pracowity at 6:27 AM on December 20, 2010


No Lady Gaga?

This list is MEANINGLESS!
posted by briank at 6:30 AM on December 20, 2010


They're said to be thinkers. What's the deal with indexing them by picture? So I can spot the ones I think are cute and discover their likes and dislikes? John Bolton likes bikini briefs and long walks on the beach, hates rude guys.

John Bolton?
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 6:39 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


19. Ron Paul for inspiring the thinking man's Tea Party.

Google Thinking Man
posted by OmieWise at 6:52 AM on December 20, 2010


This sucks for people with Prosopagnosia and also: where is J├╝rgen Habermas?
posted by quoquo at 7:24 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


So Bill Gates of "The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation" is a great global thinker but not Melinda?
posted by octothorpe at 7:54 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Apparently, you don't have to be smart or even reasonably well-informed to be one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.
posted by goethean at 8:11 AM on December 20, 2010


Snooki is at #2!?!
posted by Cookiebastard at 8:27 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter:

. for steely vision at a moment of crisis
. for charting a course through criticism
. for seeing the roots of the next crisis in the current one

etc.
posted by lukemeister at 8:35 AM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


31 David Cameron.... FAIL
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:51 AM on December 20, 2010


I like how it makes people share a spot, as if the combined thinking of these two people is required for them to make the list. Bill AND Hillary Clinton at #31?
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:12 AM on December 20, 2010


correction: #13
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:12 AM on December 20, 2010


and FOUR women at #32...
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:13 AM on December 20, 2010


Seems to be a disproportionately small number of women in general.
posted by sfts2 at 9:52 AM on December 20, 2010


What a coincidence that they're all named "headshot"!
posted by thinkpiece at 10:08 AM on December 20, 2010


I had some problems with the list myself, but I thought their book club list was interesting.
posted by Horatius at 10:17 AM on December 20, 2010


Some politicians, some tech firm CEOs, some popularizers, lots of economists, lots of other people I don't recognize because they're not American or Chinese.
posted by subdee at 1:31 PM on December 20, 2010


On the one hand, Paul Farmer. On the other hand, Thomas Friedman. Do I love or hate this list?
posted by naoko at 2:06 PM on December 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's dismaying to learn that standards have fallen so far that not even the Financial Times remembers how to count to "100".

Plus, this list of "120" is at best mixed, if not completely invalidated by some of the inclusions.

Where's Noam Chomsky? Barbara Ehrenreich?
posted by AsYouKnow Bob at 7:17 PM on December 20, 2010


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