重读一篇旧文章,欣赏精美的译文

   查资料,重新读到美国《时代》周刊2006年12月18日号封面故事。这篇文章英文精美,很有欣赏价值。

   可喜的是,今天又在网络上找到了一篇非常漂亮的翻译。这篇译文译者自称102ok.com。翻译得实在是太漂亮了!

    贴在这里,给自己收藏和学习!呵呵!  

《时代》周刊 2006 年度人物:您
美国《时代》周刊封面介绍

作者:Lev Grossman     译者:102ok.com
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1569514,00.html

  “英雄史观”的代表人物是苏格兰哲学家托马斯·卡莱尔,他声称,“历史只不过是精英们的创业史”,治世明君或乱世奸雄主宰着族群的命运。2006 年,颠倒的历史被重新颠倒过来,给他的理论以迎头痛击。

  诚然,枭雄们要对 2006 年发生的一系列人祸负责:伊拉克战乱、以黎冲突、苏丹卷入、北韩核试、伊朗叫板,纷争不断。而与此同时,威胁着人类生存的全球变暖问题,却没人能够出手搞定;就连大众喜闻乐见的产品乃至子民的温饱,也还没有满足基本需求。

  但是,“网开一面”,别有洞天。在那里,没有硝烟弥漫和寡头垄断,草根族如鱼得水,合作默契,盛况空前。如所周知,众人拾柴火焰高、包罗万象的知识宝库维基百科 Wikipedia,频道数以百万计、目不暇接的网民视频 YouTube,还有全球交友社区网站 MySpace,万花竞放,山外有山。它宣告,经过启蒙和洗礼的广大网民,收回了独立自主权,我为人人,人人为我,无偿奉献,互助共享。它不仅改变了世界、改变了“历史”,而且颠覆了传统的、自上而下的社会改良模式。

  所有这一切,都是互联网使然,巧夺天工,化腐朽为神奇。它已不是十五年前欧洲核子研究中心,蒂姆·伯纳斯·李发明的、用主页共享信息的万维网雏形,也不再是上世纪末昙花一现、烧钱梦断的网络泡沫。而是全新的、无远弗届、包容一切的网络,有如海纳百川,把亿万个体的涓滴奉献凝聚在一起,在大千世界中举足轻重。硅谷业内习惯地称之为 Web 2.0,就像是一套软件的升级版。但它确实是一场划时代的革命!

  我们乐观其成,翘首以待。我们宁愿把来自巴格达、波士顿和北京的现场视频直播,同剪辑过的电视新闻加以比较、鉴别。其实,只要看一眼 YouTube 视频的背景——凌乱的卧室、地上散落着玩具的游戏厅,就比看 1000 个小时的有线电视节目,更能了解美国人的生活真相。

  我们绝不止于旁观、分享,我们也在全身心地投入,创造、传播,添砖加瓦,共襄盛举。我们在线撰文发贴,各抒己见;录放音像,自娱娱人。在博客上推心置腹、以文会友,分担忧患,共享成功。我们会随时随地抓拍、摄录稍纵即逝的惊鸿一瞥,上网再现千载难逢的历史瞬间;还会用取之不尽的网络资源,研发免费的开放源代码软件。

  美国崇尚自己卓尔不群的天才——爱因斯坦、爱迪生、乔布斯,但如今,特立独行的梦想家们,应当学会与大众联手共事。君不见,那些百年老店、汽车公司们都放下身段,公开设计招标;主流媒体路透社,在播放重大新闻的同时,也在转发博客随笔;芬兰 22 岁学子的处女作 Linux,竟让高手如云的微软疲于招架?我们正面对着生产力和创新力的井喷、大爆发,那些原来会被埋没的亿万个体的聪明才智,正在回归、融入到全球知识经济中去,而一切还都方兴未艾。

  这些人究竟是谁?说真的,有谁会在下班后坐下来,不看热播的电视剧,而是打开电脑,自编、自导、自演,自拉、自弹、自唱?在自己的博客上,指点江山、激扬文字;抑或喜怒哀乐、直抒胸臆?谁才会有那些时间、精力和激情?答案“近在眼前”,就是您,不错,非君莫属——舍我其谁?

  请看今日之域中,竟是谁家之天下?您作为网民、互联网用户,异军突起,长驱直入,取得了全球媒体的话语权;奠基并构建了新型数字化民主社区;不计回报地工作、奉献;在精英们的世袭领地上,分庭抗礼、各领风骚。您是当之无愧的《时代》周刊 2006 年度人物!

  当然,金无足赤,不劳粉饰太平。Web 2.0 也是一柄双刃剑,集人类智慧和帮派的愚妄于一身。毋庸讳言,对网上有些文字确实不敢恭维,更别提那些诲淫诲盗或煽动仇恨的糟粕与毒饵。

  所有这一切都是如此令人关注。Web 2.0 是一场宏伟的社会实验。与任何值得尝试的实验一样,它也可能前途未卜。在咫尺天涯的地球村里,六十多亿人作为一个大家庭,而不是互不相干的个体,怎样共生共荣、多元兼容,并没有现成的路线图。但在 2006 年,“您”给了我们一些重要的启示:在公民或个人之间,而不是政治家或精英之间,建立新型的、国际上的相互理解、理性与包容,这是一个机遇。对着电脑屏幕,设身处地,认真地思考网络另一端的用户会如何解读,这对每一位网民也是个机遇。请把握住它,我们相信并期待着,您绝不只是猎奇而已。

译文出处:http://www.102ok.com/cs/papers/cs5.html。转载未经许可,特别鸣谢!

以下为原文: 

Time’s Person of the Year: You

By LEV GROSSMAN

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006

The "Great Man" theory of history is usually attributed to the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that "the history of the world is but the biography of great men." He believed that it is the few, the powerful and the famous who shape our collective destiny as a species. That theory took a serious beating this year.

To be sure, there are individuals we could blame for the many painful and disturbing things that happened in 2006. The conflict in Iraq only got bloodier and more entrenched. A vicious skirmish erupted between Israel and Lebanon. A war dragged on in Sudan. A tin-pot dictator in North Korea got the Bomb, and the President of Iran wants to go nuclear too. Meanwhile nobody fixed global warming, and Sony didn’t make enough PlayStation3s.

But look at 2006 through a different lens and you’ll see another story, one that isn’t about conflict or great men. It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.

The tool that makes this possible is the World Wide Web. Not the Web that Tim Berners-Lee hacked together (15 years ago, according to Wikipedia) as a way for scientists to share research. It’s not even the overhyped dotcom Web of the late 1990s. The new Web is a very different thing. It’s a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as if it were a new version of some old software. But it’s really a revolution.

And we are so ready for it. We’re ready to balance our diet of predigested news with raw feeds from Baghdad and Boston and Beijing. You can learn more about how Americans live just by looking at the backgrounds of YouTube videos—those rumpled bedrooms and toy-strewn basement rec rooms—than you could from 1,000 hours of network television.

And we didn’t just watch, we also worked. Like crazy. We made Facebook profiles and Second Life avatars and reviewed books at Amazon and recorded podcasts. We blogged about our candidates losing and wrote songs about getting dumped. We camcordered bombing runs and built open-source software.

America loves its solitary geniuses—its Einsteins, its Edisons, its Jobses—but those lonely dreamers may have to learn to play with others. Car companies are running open design contests. Reuters is carrying blog postings alongside its regular news feed. Microsoft is working overtime to fend off user-created Linux. We’re looking at an explosion of productivity and innovation, and it’s just getting started, as millions of minds that would otherwise have drowned in obscurity get backhauled into the global intellectual economy.

Who are these people? Seriously, who actually sits down after a long day at work and says, I’m not going to watch Lost tonight. I’m going to turn on my computer and make a movie starring my pet iguana? I’m going to mash up 50 Cent’s vocals with Queen’s instrumentals? I’m going to blog about my state of mind or the state of the nation or the steak-frites at the new bistro down the street? Who has that time and that energy and that passion?

The answer is, you do. And for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, TIME’s Person of the Year for 2006 is you.

Sure, it’s a mistake to romanticize all this any more than is strictly necessary. Web 2.0 harnesses the stupidity of crowds as well as its wisdom. Some of the comments on YouTube make you weep for the future of humanity just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and the naked hatred.

But that’s what makes all this interesting. Web 2.0 is a massive social experiment, and like any experiment worth trying, it could fail. There’s no road map for how an organism that’s not a bacterium lives and works together on this planet in numbers in excess of 6 billion. But 2006 gave us some ideas. This is an opportunity to build a new kind of international understanding, not politician to politician, great man to great man, but citizen to citizen, person to person. It’s a chance for people to look at a computer screen and really, genuinely wonder who’s out there looking back at them. Go on. Tell us you’re not just a little bit curious.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1569514,00.html

5 Comments

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