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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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, [...]
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.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As the driving force behind Howard Dean's Meteoric rise (and eventual fall) Trippi tapped into a long-forgotten force in American politics- The American public. Read morePublished on March 5, 2008 by Ziv Rotblit
I had to buy this book for a college class, and it turned out to be surprisingly interesting and informative at the same time. Read morePublished on January 23, 2007 by S. Podosek
Trippi was one of the first to make use of the Internet in presidential campaign politics. Using Blogs, using MeetUp. Read morePublished on June 24, 2006 by bookloversfriend
This was a good book connecting communication facilitated by the internet to the concept of organizational health. Read morePublished on June 7, 2006 by Shadows
I bought this book in around March, 2004. I have had it collecting dust since then. When I began looking for books to choose for my AP Government book project I figured why not... Read morePublished on June 6, 2006 by restrada06
This is a great book to get insights into how new media, technology and "open source" mentality can transform politics.Published on March 1, 2006 by Amazon Customer
The book arrived in plenty of time for my class. It's in great shape - looks brand new!Published on July 15, 2005 by R. Frank
A well written, thought provoking look inside the mind of a "pol" (someone dedicated to politics, not necessarily to a particular candidate). Read morePublished on March 18, 2005 by Nicolle Singer
This book is a history of the Dean Campaign for president and how the Internet and notably Meetup.com and the Dean website and blog supplied the funds and expertise (along with Joe... Read morePublished on November 17, 2004 by Edsopinion.com