This first chapter was a pretty easy read. Believe it or not I'm actually enjoying this book for a number of reasons. First, its nice to finally be reading something more up to date than our class book. Second, the author, Joe Trippi, introduces himself and saves no time getting to some of the big points that the book will cover. Joe grew up during the TV boom and view's this 50 year era of time as our downfall. Not so much at first but what it has become today. He talks about reality TV and how it is striping our youth of having their own lives, and just bashes TV in general. He acknowledges the advances but really doesn't see it going anywhere in the future.
The second half of the chapter deals with the internet. Joe feels that the internet is becoming one of the biggest markets of information to date. The internet is allowing people to connect in ways unimagineable before and this brings up one of his main concepts; information is power. Joe believes that the people who controll information are very powerfull. Dyou agree? I think I do, the more a person knows, the more skillsets he or she has, the more usefull to society he or she is. But this alone might not be enough to gain power, first a person must create a market for this information and than share/sell it in whatever means possible. He later compares the internet to an airplane ready to take off; that it's time to go and if your (kids/adults/businessmen/politicians) not on board, than sorry your gonna miss your flight and be left in the dust.
I'm enjoying this book already because I find myself agreeing with alot of the foundations for his ideals that will most likely play out throughout the book. I veiw the internet as the biggest thing since the automobile, and I also feel that it has an endless number of posibilities now and even more so in the future.
main points from chapter one:
tv as our downfall
information = power
internet as the future