“The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized”

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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



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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.

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

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.

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. MORE OR LESS WHY DO WE STRESS LIFE IS ONLY A TEST WITH OR WITHOUT A CURE TO CHANGE FROM FILTHY TO PURE WORDS WITH LOGIC ARE BURIED IN OUR CLOSET CAN WE ESCAPE THE FATE OF A MISTAKE CAN WE ASK TIME TO CHANGE THE PAST HAVE WE FORGOTTEN TO LAUGH THAT THIS WORLD HAS GIVEN US A LONELY PATH GIVE US THE BAD SO WE CAN RESIST TEACH THEM THE GOOD SO… Read more »

Bravo! An overlooked rap artist who "gets it."

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.

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.

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??

I was confused as well… knowing that Jay put Lupe on the scene?

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

RIP Gil Scott Heron…anothre great campaigner for truth

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.

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

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?

Beautiful.

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

beautiful words, thank you for giving me the opportunity to read it

Everyone should post this on every facebook page and bulleting board or blog across the land.

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.

RIP

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

Astounding, what a sadly reassuring message.

His words are so powerful and true… speaks to my soul. Lets us all stay awake.

This was incredible!

RIP Gil, i'm sure if you could read this you would be proud =]

Harishma please dont die
Please mandira, please dont die

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

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… Read more »

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.

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.

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.

We are all born to die.

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.

Internet is the exact same thing and in my opinion way more addictive and hypnotizing than TV.

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.

Damn that was good!! He nailed it! Better watch his ass or we'll eulogizing Lupe next!

Very cool, would like to hear it spoken

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.… Read more »

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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… Read more »

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.

This is real & deep poetry. It has rang deep 4 me. Ppl pick up & listen, open Ur eyes, see!

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.

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.

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).… Read more »

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.

Real rap/hip hop IS a form of Poetry…

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,… Read more »

LOVE IT!!! (sorry, no caps) love it!!!

No caps in terrinefe could be the sign of a smart pieces from the archodiceses in calm situations south of the ITN studios
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