The Big Traveling Potluck, A Revolutionary Gathering

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised 2.0*

A poem inspired by The Big Traveling Potluck. *Adapted from Gill Scott-Heron’s original 1970’s spoken word poem

You will not be able to stay home and read about it from your laptop, brother and sister.
You will not be able to plug in, Face Time, or zone out on page views and rankings.
You will not be able to lose yourself on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram;
Skip out for a hand-crafted cocktail during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised.
The revolution will not be brought to you by KitchenAid
Or shown on the Food Network without commercial interruptions.
The revolution will not show you glossy, inkjet pictures of
Melissa Lanz, Matt Armendariz, or Helen Jane
blowing a bugle or leading a charge in Temecula
to find a personal mission statement, be kind to yourself, or
embrace your blog as your power name.

The revolution will not podcast a web-isode of
Maggy Keet, Erika Pineda, and Pam Anderson
being generous and kind.
Gaby Dalkin and Lori Lange won’t be there to
tell you to mash avocados into Guacamole or
bake snickerdoodle blondie bars three different ways.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be brought to you by the California Avocado Board
or Harry and David, Whole Foods, Redwood Hill Farms, Sabra, or Kerrygold
and will not star Ree Drummond
or Mary Sue Milliken.

table at Big Potluck

The revolution will not make your cupcakes look more sexy.
The revolution will not offer you that font for free.
The revolution will not make you more relevant.
The revolution will not make you look five pounds thinner,
because the revolution will not be televised.

There will be no pictures of your favorite blogging characters
in mustaches and shiny hats showing you how to have faith in yourself
or a Power Point slideshow that will give you the steps it takes to be fearless and successful in online publishing.
The revolution will not be televised.

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The Real Housewives, Bon Appetit, and Top Chef
will no longer be so damned relevant,
And making friends with so-in-so in order to get invited to “that thing”, will not be as important,
and people will not care if Food Gawker and Taste Spotting accepted that photo or not,
Because all kind of people will be more interested in talking about
how their work online can make a difference–
not just in their own lives but in friends’ and strangers’ day to day.
Trends will mark how people which people are forging a new trail
and the markers will be fearlessness,  self-lessness, and compassion.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no highlights on Facebook
and no pictures of macaroons, quinoa, gluten free flour mixes, and multi-course dinners on Instagram
The theme song will not be written by Justin Timberlake, scored by John Williams
nor sung by Adele, Elton John, or Jack White.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not start playing
after a short commercial about a new app, a new camera, or a new ceramic dish for your prop closet.
You will not have to subscribe to the meal plan,
or worry about natural light vs. artificial light,
or how to improve your brand image with a cute banner.
The revolution will not go better with Neuske’s bacon.
The revolution will not show you how to win the internet.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.

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The revolution will put you in the driver’s seat.
The revolution will make you the pilot.
The revolution will put an apron on you and tell you to cook with heart, already.
The revolution will make you a digital publishing house of one (or many).

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
will not be televised, will not be televised.

The revolution will not be re-broadcast, Tivo’d, or saved on Hulu.
The revolution will be digitally published.
The revolution will be live.

9 comments

    • Food Woolf

      Thanks Heidi! I’m so grateful to have met you and had such a great chunk of time to talk with you on that big yellow school bus. What a great place to get to know each other!
      I look forward to getting to talk to you more in the future!
      Best,
      Brooke

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