TIME’s 100 Most Influential: A Reflection of the Media

Time Magazine’s 2018 list of the World’s Most Influential People is dominated by prominent media figures and storylines from the previous year.

The 2018 list reflects the reality that, often, despite its best attempts, the media becomes the story.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Edward Felsenthal wrote, “While we remain much too far from gender parity in global leadership, there are more women than ever on this year’s TIME 100—proof that there are ways of changing the world beyond traditional power structures.”

The list, separated into sections like pioneers, artists, leaders, icons and titans, not only featured actors and entertainers, but media moguls as well.

The project is unique in that contemporaries of the 100 write the accompanying mini-articles about each honoree. Some of the interesting pairing this year included Sen. Ted Cruz writing about President Donald Trump, Bill Gates writing about Roger Federer, and President Barack Obama writing about the Parkland teenagers.

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, was praised for his focus on disruption in sectors like “media and entertainment” by JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.

The journalists behind the #MeToo movement–Ronan Farrow, Jodi Kantor, and Meghan Twohey–were thanked by actress Ashley Judd for “amply demonstrat[ing] journalism’s power.”

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich wrote, “Sean Hannity has a remarkable impact between three hours of radio and an hour of TV every day” in his entry on the Fox News personality.

The list was also full of break out stars like Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Gal Gadot, Ryan Coogler and Chadwick Boseman.  It also featured established talent like Oprah Winfrey, John Krasinski, Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.

The annual list, which seeks to identify people “whose time… is now,” was first published in 1999.  

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