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THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED: Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything Hardcover – July 6, 2004

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Joe Trippi worked on his first presidential campaign for Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 1980. His work in presidential politics continued with the campaigns of Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, Richard Gephardt, and most recently, Governor Howard Dean.Trippi has worked on more than one hundred campaigns and has helped elect city attorneys and governors, mayors and senators. In the 1990s, Trippi's lifelong fascination with technology led him to work with a number of high-tech companies, including Wave Systems, Progeny Linux Systems, and Smart Paper Networks. He currently heads the multimedia consulting firm Trippi and Associates. Trippi appears regularly on MSNBC as an election analyst and commentator and has been profiled in GQ, Fast Company, The New Republic, and The New York Times Magazine. The father of three, he lives with his wife, Kathleen Lash, and their terrier, Kasey, on the eastern shore of Maryland.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (July 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060761555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060761554
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,167,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "arossmei" on July 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I hadn't really realized it before I read this book, but television--and especially televised politics--is a ridiculous notion. Trippi talks candidly about how he rejected the old model with his work on the Dean campaign, a campaign more about its supporters than its candidate. He explains how bottom-up business models like eBay and Napster are shaking up traditional corporations, and how these phenomena are essentially movements rather than simple businesses--and are therefore ultimately unstoppable.
Trippi walks us through the Dean campaign, dwelling more on the principles and themes than on day-to-day operations. This isn't a post-mortem or a retrospective as much as it is a vision for the future of American politics. Those of us who followed the campaign saw where the Internet took it; Trippi shows us what lies farther along that path--the trail he blazed--last year.
Amazon itself has a grassroots element to it: the customer comments we post here can make or break the sales of the books we review. Trippi seems to understand this--he mentions specific people by their "handles" from the Dean Blog, at times giving them as much credit as he did seasoned political folks on the campaign staff.
Great book, well-written, and fun to read.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Bryan on July 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It typically takes me a week to read a book. I read this one in one day. I cancelled a business meeting and missed a flight in order to finish it. I called my wife and friends. I bought copies for my clients who I've been trying to explain this "internet thing" to for months. And when I closed my own book, I let out a long breath that I had been holding for weeks.

As a national community, we're twisting and turning, frustrated and wringing our hands for relief... but of what? Why are we going crazy? Why is everyone in this country running around on antidepressants and prepackaged God-speak and Reality TV? We're chasing after personal growth and renewal - we're getting massaged and eating out more than ever before in history, but we don't find any relief.

The theme of the Dean campaign gave us a glimpse of what we seek. The relief that we crave can only be fully understood in the moment of acquisition... the moment we realize that we have the power. The government of our own country is in our hands. The 1960's should have left a thumbprint, but our parents forgot to tell their children: YOU HAVE THE POWER. And for those of you who need to bottle up a little hope and take it with you to the office, the book reads like an action novel. Thanks, Joe. Take leadership. America is listening ? and you have work to do.

~Ian Bryan, [...]
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 21, 2004
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Edit of 20 Dec 07 to add links.

Joe Trippi has produced a very fine personal story that clearly presents Trippi, Dean, and the Internet as the people's tool, in the context of "early days." His big point is in the title: this is about the overthrow of "everything."

I took off one star for two reasons: his very limited "tie in" to the broad literature on the relationship between the Internet and a *potentially but not necessarily* revitalized democracy; and his relative lack of attention to the enormous obstacles to electronic democracy getting traction, including the corruption of the entire system from schoolhouse to boardroom to White House.

There is a broad data point that Trippi missed that adds great power to his personal appreciation of the future: the inexpensive DoKoMo cell phone and network approach from Japan, when combined with Sony's new playstation that is connected to the Internet and opens up terabytes on online storage to anyone with $300, and to this I would add [...]semantic web and synthetic intelligence architectures--these all combine into finally making possible the electronic connectivity of poor and working class voters, not just the declining middle class and the wealthy. 2008 is the earliest that we might see this, but I suspect it won't be until after two more 9-11's, closer to 2012.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dean Activist on July 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Only a few of the 650,000 people in the Dean campaign

would deny that Joe Trippi worked his heart out for

all of us -- not for his own self-promotion.

His brilliance and risk-taking propelled a ragtag

band into a real loving community. Now, since the

candidate's loss in his bid for the presidency,

some are bitter, but Joe's book is not.

His rich story telling and analogies -- the Dean campaign

as a little league baseball team on the field with the

New York Yankees -- are inspiring and hopeful. He tells

all who were involved in our campaign that they really did

perform like the Miracle Mets.

His link back to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison,

and his look forward toward the promise of community

empowerment is just what the doctor ordered for any

American, cynical, disgusted and disillusioned. Give this

book to your friends, families and coworkers. And you

will be giving them a reason to believe in democracy

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