“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