TIME 100 is an annual list of the most influential people in the American world. But after seeing the lineup for 2015, I am not convinced of the accuracy of who should be considered a worldwide, influential individual. Despite TIME editors being the ones to determine the final list of the year’s most influential people, the general public still has too much of a voice in the decision-making process. Although some may argue that the public ought to have the opportunity to voice their perspective on whom they consider to have made an impact in the past year, doing so runs the risk of the list becoming less about those who are truly world influences and more about the nearly 20 percent in the arts section who are simply temporary trend-setters, only to be recycled and replaced by the next relevant celebrity with a large fan base.

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