“The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized”


RIP Gil Scott Heron

Gil Scott Heron, the musician, poet and author famous for the saying “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” passed away on May 27th 2011. Here’s a poem written by Lupe Fiasco in his honor which I believe will ring true with many readers of this site.

“The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized”

Idiot boxes of the world unite! To fight off the effects of intelligence, replace smart quotes with fart jokes, substitute sense with scenes from Martin, let the baby’s bathe in that glow and learn all manner of things they don’t really need to know!

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

Channel the content of some rambling nonsense deep into the annals of yo’ subconscious, deprogram and depress chasing some televised success, be them, that, they and those be everything but in control,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

Small claims Court drama, teenage baby mamas, Osama watching Osama, Celebrity Endorsed indoor saunas, the perfectly cooked piraña and other cannonfodder for you to ponder, all at the speed of imitations of life while the smoke of war gets inhaled thru the peace pipes, be still my beating heart and scare my brain from thinking thoughts as i sit intoxicated by the delights, sarcasm and 3 strikes thrown by my favorite pitcher in a sound surrounded, 3 dimensional, high death, full color mixture, wholly unsocializing and completely uncensored,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

By this one-eyed monster most of the world was raised, and by this hero most of the world was saved, and to this master most of the world is slaves, it factors your fears with actors and cheers from a live studio audience pushing you to engage in a heroic act of thoughtlessness for the grand prize of a little bread, fleeting fame in the circus and every thought in yo head,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

“Ain’t no changing me” said my flat screen TV, No More Che’s to the rescue, or Black Panthers to correct you, just coaxial cables and satellite signals to connect you to a world that doesn’t really look like it does on TV, where everything is much shorter, fatter, uglier and in disorder, where u have to do it now because there are no digital recorders where if the present gets boring you can just fast forward,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

So there will be no revolution, or paradoxically ironic televised public execution of the entire worldwide televising institution, there wont even be a celebritized, televised trial of old baby blue, cuz you see my dear friends the television will not be revolutionized but what about the revolution that should taking place inside………………….of you?

By Wasalu “Lupe Fiasco” Jaco in Dedication to that guiding light of a human being Gil-Scott Heron



    • jewcifer whorus on

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      I heard from young lupaniasca that immortality rates are decreasing
      below the disney standards.
      This may result in catastrophic droughts
      Wonder as you like my fellow jewish gnobhehds the sarajevo crime was so disrespectful in the eye of people from maison parlimentarty square on a bearing of 0065 from north arizona heading 55
      The protests were unimaginable
      Worse than those of david camera-on and dick cleggs lunservative party
      Forgive me law im from the juvenile thanks to the g cole

  1. FormerGlobalCitizen on

    A poem? Nah, this is a rap song. Maybe Lupe is finding it hard to work on the music without the scare of backmaskings by the industry's elite.

    • Name (required) on

      i looked for a video but couldn't find one and an on-line reference or two referred to this as a written piece. of course any written piece in the hands of a hip hop rapper lives in song too, just can't find that. but here's a video of GSH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGaRtqrlGy8
      and here's his lyrics – http://www.gilscottheron.com/lyrevol.html
      The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

      You will not be able to stay home, brother.

      You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.

      You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,

      Skip out for beer during commercials,

      Because the revolution will not be televised.

      The revolution will not be televised.

      The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox

      In 4 parts without commercial interruptions.

      The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon

      blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John

      Mitchell, General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat

      hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.

      The revolution will not be televised.

      The revolution will not be brought to you by the

      Schaefer Award Theatre and will not star Natalie

      Woods and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia.

      The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.

      The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.

      The revolution will not make you look five pounds

      thinner, because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.

      There will be no pictures of you and Willie May

      pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run,

      or trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance.

      NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32

      or report from 29 districts.

      The revolution will not be televised.

      There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down

      brothers in the instant replay.

      There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down

      brothers in the instant replay.

      There will be no pictures of Whitney Young being

      run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process.

      There will be no slow motion or still life of Roy

      Wilkens strolling through Watts in a Red, Black and

      Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving

      For just the proper occasion.

      Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Hooterville

      Junction will no longer be so damned relevant, and

      women will not care if Dick finally gets down with

      Jane on Search for Tomorrow because Black people

      will be in the street looking for a brighter day.

      The revolution will not be televised.

      There will be no highlights on the eleven o'clock

      news and no pictures of hairy armed women

      liberationists and Jackie Onassis blowing her nose.

      The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb,

      Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom

      Jones, Johnny Cash, Englebert Humperdink, or the Rare Earth.

      The revolution will not be televised.

      The revolution will not be right back after a message

      bbout a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.

      You will not have to worry about a dove in your

      bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.

      The revolution will not go better with Coke.

      The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.

      The revolution will put you in the driver's seat.

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

      will not be televised, will not be televised.

      The revolution will be no re-run brothers;

      The revolution will be live.

  2. Great poem. We stopped watching television years ago, and have never missed it. And when we catch glimpses of it now (say, in waiting rooms or friends' homes), we marvel at just how manipulative the messages are, and how even if the shows are supposed to be 'family-friendly,' the commercials between segments are incredibly, wildly sexualized. I harbor a suspicion that this nation would look totally different if people abandoned their boob tubes once and for all, and entertained themselves with things like books, board games and old-fashioned activities like sewing or whittling. At the very least, they wouldn't have to watch some marketing team's effort to make hamburgers look super-sexy.

    • Rebecca, what you said about television and manipulation is true. Here are a few findings I grabbed from a research paper I was working on that back up what you are saying.

      It has been found that films are "not simply as evidence of social change, but as a genuine element of social change." (Warwick 1996:220).

      "as the images become familiar to us we are inclined to accept them as realities in themselves" (Sorlin 1996:220).

      Movies today are now the “same as the stories told by oral tradition, […] the most direct and effective way to transmit moral values [of] human action " (Duran and Urpi Naval Guercia, 2001:193).

      public approval “is contingent on the elites' and the media's coverage of the issue in interaction with individual characteristics” (deVreese, Boomgarden, Semetko 2011:179).

      “as news media engage in priming and agenda setting […] fictional media do as well” (Mulligan, Habel 2011:79).

      “film influenced opinions in ways consistent with the framing of [its] issues” (Mulligan, Habel 2011:79)

      Viewing television shows and movies with “characters as sexually more competent and as experiencing more pleasure than oneself have been associated with holding negative attitudes towards remaining a virgin [until marriage] and with less satisfaction with one’s own sexual experiences” (Courtright and Baran 1980:107).

      Evidence shows that frequent exposure to sexually oriented media like soap operas and music videos “is associated with greater acceptance of stereotypical and casual attitudes about sex, with higher expectations about the prevalence of sexual activity and of certain sexual outcomes, and, even occasionally, with greater levels of sexual experience” (Ward 2003:347).

      If a given society does not use the media responsibly and instead treats it “as industrial consumption more than a complex cultural phenomena, it is very likely that we are irreversibly damaging health and vitality of our society "(Pardo, 1999:141).

      Even if you know that tv manipulates, it can be hard to stop yourself from being manipulated.


    • Well said. The arts are what we should focus on; whether it's visual or music. This will ultimately set us free.

      • Karzan – you really need to be careful with Music too. It too can be very deceptive.

  3. Nice – Thx for acknowledging the life & death of GSH. I've only scratched the surface of his catalog, but I look forward to digging deeper. "The Bottle" is one of my favorite tunes ever… funky, real, physically & emotionally moving. God bless him.

  4. Lupe is one of those people who gets a little bit of the picture but far from the whole thing…"No More Che’s to the rescue" implies that hes just another t-shirt wearing, bumper sticker toting indoctrinated 20-something leftist who has been taught to see through the lies of the right/neo-cons but is still utterly oblivious to lies sold to them by the other side of the Hegelian coin. Che was employed by the exact same NWO agenda oligarchy as every other "grassroots" "peoples army" "liberation movement" ever to overthrow a regime has been. Part of me wants to like the guy, his music, and his poem and as much as he has apparently caught onto hes still extremely far from understanding whats going on. Just cause you've figured out that everything on TV is propaganda doesn't mean you actually know any truth, that's where books and real research/homework comes in. Never stop the search for answers, and I'm afraid Lupe(like so many others) have gotten bored, or satisfied, and stopped half way(if that).

    • be more open minded on

      I agree with you, but only so much. The "many others" may can not understand or maybe get bored, or only talk what they do know or whatever comes to mind, it doesn't matter. It doesn't mean he doesn't know what's going on. None of us know exactly what is going on we know there's something going on. Some people may rather just stick to what they believe is right or what they know is right other than spend all day and alnight reseaching on something that just may be a waste of time. I guess what i'm saying is things get tiring and as long as Lupe, you, I, & others know what's right then alot things (that you just simply know is wrong) is sometimes best avoided and not worth researching. the poem was great. It was focus on tv propaganda. What else would you like for him to add to it other than that.

    • I agree with you. I too at a point wanted to like Lupe. I actually started listening to his music but I found him to be no revolutionary. Why is he so popular if he is speaking against the Illuminati. Those who are against the NWO are usually portrayed as crazy, drug ridden or some other form of deviant. Yet he is selling millions worldwide. I also found pics of him trowing up the Baphomet signs the sign of the Pyramid and covering one of his eyes. For someone who is so against the NWO he does alot of questionable stuff.

      • U guys are obviously missing the picture here. He's not on "their" side. At least he searches for the truth. He's not some know all condescending dude with a doctorate in this that and the other u cant diss on him for that. At least he's trying to get some kind of word out. Just annoying to me that you're searching for a flaw in a dude who is trying to give us SOME idea rather than the ones who are flat out lying to us.

      • Point being there is a WHOOOLE lot to learn. And lupe knows more than about 95% of the population and if you think he doesn't know much maybe you are right. I'm sure we all are very well aware of how ignorant the population is. And the fact that he's even trying says a whole lot to me. Even better that he gets out there mainstream.

      • It's not automatic. A system could let a guy be successful, cashing profits in, then ruin his credibility by portraying him as part of the system.

        All you need is to invite the guy at some party and photograph him with some questionable guys he never met before or stuff like that.

        Lupe might be a fiasco (Italian term for failure), sure, better judge the tree from the fruit, anyway.

    • I think he used Che in that line because he is a widely recognized and well known figure who has been made to represent "revolution". Especially considering Che's penchant for dashing off to countries in need of "saving" or liberation.

    • be more open minded on

      There are plenty of singers/rappers who sing/rap and make money. They may not make as much nor may get alot of air time, but they're records still makes it. If they begin to bring in TOO much then that's when they attempt to get them to join and use them to bring them MORE MONEY and also carry out their plans. It's up to them to do so. Then you'll know bc everytime you turn around you hear their songs 50 trillion times a day. Lupe just doesn't fit the description. Mario, Letoya Luckett, Slim Thug, Kandi Buress, Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim, Calvin Richardson, Urban mystic, just to name a few, still sell albums, but you don't hear much about them.

  5. be more open minded on

    I Like! It's true on so many levels. I haven't heard or seen anything about Black Panthers on tv anymore. Or any of the the other things he speaks of. They gets no airtime. They don't make movies like they use to anymore either.

  6. IllektroBarbie on

    Absolutely beautiful and poignant. My first month without a TV is going great! It is amazing how much clearer you can see through society when you don't have "their" constant live-feed into your brain. READ, play games, read more, have debates with people who will challenge your way of thinking whether it's comfortable or not, make music, be active, cook, ENJOY NATURE, create something, draw, paint, sketch, build, dance, better yourself. You will be amazed at how far you can take yourself mind body and soul when the TV is turned off. I remind myself every second of television I watch (very rare these days) that anything I see is shown to me for a purpose. Every color, design, and word is artfully arranged to hold my attention on worthless things so that the important things slip by without my notice. Rest in peace Gil Scott Heron.

  7. You should hear the original poem…the revolution will not be televised and e plubrius unum that Gil Scott Heron did with the last poets….2 very deep pieces that break down revolution and the almighty dollar and explain the truth of this corrupt nation. I also recommend that you post them VC readers will appreciate it.

  8. Silentobserver on

    Lupe is this generation`s Tupac Shakur. I am sure that his "warning" will be coming soon. Many people don`t seem to get this kid, but he knows what he`s seen, and he often speaks it in his form of art. Need to check out some of his other songs.

  9. My respect to the recent passing away of a great man, Mister Gil Scott Heron, whose poetic brilliance and genius will inspire countless untold generations throughout the literary annals of recorded time.

    • Incredible? Understatement. However, I totally agree with your statement. Gil was an underground GOD and respected by many of us that have read the signs even before the discovery and partial insight of Vigilant. Didn't matter if it was on a street corner, the barber shop or over a conscious opening of the mind experience (take a guess) he, Mister Heron was almost always mentioned. The irony? Lupe has gained some of that same respect. He is terribly under read or mis-understood. Hence this thread that slams not only Lupe but any of us that are true "Theorist" (Chit's not a conspiracy anymore. Matter fact it never has been.) http://slumz.boxden.com/f87/lupe-fiasco-garbage-7… they call the kid a backpacking skateboarder that isn't living life to the fullest? Why? Because he isn't at your local neighborhood party chasing booty or selling dope to a despondent mother or under aged kid? Silliness right?

      I am a product of the streets. Did a lot of dirt. Joined the Military as a way out. Came home to the same crap. But I relate to a Gil or a Lupe more than I ever could with any of the other choices Hip Hops distant cousin Rap could ever produce. Lupe is the dead essence of the lyrical tell all art we once knew as Hip Hop. Remember Public Enemy? XClan (they were heavily Gnostic as I believe Lupe is as well)? Jeru the Damaja? Talib Kweli? These are the names that Lupe's lyricals should finesse. Outside of PE none of these Theorist and they all are really had massive careers.

      I personally disagree that Lupe is this generations Tupac he is more of the earlier prophetics that Ice Cube spoke upon. My personal interpretation. If you're too young to remember the Islamic Ice Cube phase than this will go over your head. But he actually predicted or was aware of what was to come and did in the early 90's and shared it. That's Lupe.

      The Gil Scot's are now spoken word artist, community gardeners and underground intellectuals. Lupe is one of the few that has the media's attention even if it's ADA.

    • jewdor chump on

      Firstl Iy wil like to ensure my faith oof jewish asparagasm to my fellow readers
      I am not a freemason but I have a brother who took up the belife and worship of the polite soor as he likes to call it
      I shall speak with the heart by my side
      Its baphomets lines to be sure in mind and faith if you want to.follow him
      I havent enough time as im late for a dentist appointment in tel aviv which as a 50 minute journey
      I will reply as soon as my molars under controll
      Please pray for the horn growing in my gum
      Its the beginning of a new symbol

  10. VIGILANT. how about you do an article on how lupe's agaisnt the illuminati. so many people have got their facts wrong about him. and do mention words i never said, if someone still think hes with the illuminati, well then they might as well be lucifer himself. lol

  11. Very Ironic the same day this wonderful guy died, NO mainstream media or newspapers showed/televised the mass up-rise of the people of Spain ? His words were truly inspirational for humanity and peace.


    • jewcifer whorus on

      It really is a polite act
      Not to mension the hidden message in konkorus sprite by jumpsoft green
      Please make an article on that

  12. notalostsoul on

    what is lupe doin on the radio? if he was really against tptb then i'm pretty sure he wouldnt be anywhere near the radio nor would want to be on it?

  13. The invasion built on lies

    An agenda years in the making

    Delusional thoughts of freedom our minds are shaking

    As all mankind ignores the warning cries

    Dare to open the box and look inside

    Afraid of the truth that you might find

    Carry on with a mind thats become blind

    Question and you will be found on the outside

    Everything they said they lied

    Theres a right eye and its looking at you

    24/7 seeing everything that you do

    With mobile communication you can't hide

    There are a few who try to show the path

    Ridiculed, put on public display

    no evidence of a coming doomsday

    Head underground or feel their wrath

  14. You know the news has reached a new low when they send out a reporter to cover "snooky's" fender bender in Italy while thousands of people are protesting in Greece and Spain with little or no coverage. I hope Lupe records this so it can reach more people.

  15. man, lupe just performed for MTV movie awards last nite….lookin real happy too, i hate posers, he still in it for dem pyramid notes too dont be fooled

  16. Vigilant Citizen,

    You expose Kanye west on your website but now I am confused as Gil Scott Heron is featured at the end of Kayne Wests album with some pretty good poetry. Look up "Who Will Survive In America"

    So is Kanye West a puppet whos fighting back? Whats going on??

  17. I thought the poem was poignant and necessary, though I'm not understanding why he chose to single 'Martin (A show that ended 14 years ago)' out when there are many recent and worse black sitcoms he could've chose from (i.e. both of Tyler Perry's sitcoms ['House of Payne' & 'Meet the Browns'] in order to get his point across. Nevertheless, my opinion of the poem stands.

  18. Excellent prophetic poem. But unlike the post from Rebecca, I find television a necessity in order to watch the unfolding of world events. News & current affairs, up to the minute footage of war zones & birth pangs erupting in the earth & the current situation in Israel are all unmissable. TV is a good source for information, if you know how to 'read between the lines.' I choose what to watch & what not to watch. I've no choice regarding advertisements, but I have a brain to sift out the wheat from the chaff.

  19. I have been very humbled by a near death experience on top of our ever changing society.

    I have always loved poems ,but with no outlets never published anything besides i would rather share them for free. Most people have so much potential if only they go a different path.

    This poem i made reflects those thoughts thank you. This poem doesn't have a name please

    feel free to comment and help me with a title.



































  20. I'm glad I don't watch much television. When I do, however, it's usually to just see what lies and half-truths they're trying to feed to us. Majority of the time the stuff on the news is completely pointless. They actually did a report on a new animal being born in zoo the other day. Honestly who the hell gives a f*** about a new elephant being born in the zoo. That ain't news, it's petty stuff. There's so much more going on that needs to be brought to light! It's just sickening how messed up this society is!

    I hate coming to school everyday and being at a complete loss, because my friends are all talking about what happened on the last episode of "Jersey Shore." Well, I refuse to give into all this trivial nonsense. I'm perfectly content reading a book or studying instead of watching MTV or Video Hits.

  21. The reason why Lupe Fiasco is currently in the charts with L.A.S.E.Rs is because his label basically threw all the songs at him, with the intention of commercialising his latest LP. He had very little say in what the new album would feature. The thing is, he was very open about this in an interview: most performers would shy away from being so honest about a manipulative record label.

    Listen to THE COOL (his second LP). That album defined the new generation of hip hop for me. Especially with songs like "Streets on Fire" and "Little Weapon." LASERS, in comparison to The Cool, is not his best work. The man is an underrated genius, even given his latest chart success, I think people are buying his stuff based on the production value as opposed to his amazing lyrics.

  22. Wow..that was nothing but complete knowledge and self examination of our culture and lifestyles…true hip hop dosen't care about beats and instrumentals because that poem spoke to me without a drum or a voice to carry it. Lupe Fiasco is by far one of my favorite poets because of his attitude towards the culture and how the government and idea of democracy/free markets are degrading and breaking us down as a people and a nation. Vigilant Alwayz

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