The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Nothing Will Be Televised Remix)

November 12, 2009 § Leave a comment



People always remix the sounds of music. So now, allow me a discursive remix:

Television. Is it dead. I think not. Television matters: as the triumphant suffering of self-therapeutic Oprah talk shows, individualizing all the ills of society saying “you can change yourself! And we know you can!”. As the big Other of news distortion. As a master, a god, telling you what you will know. As the mediated experiences of life lived through unreality shows. Television still rules the nation my daft brothers. Television is opium for the cold mass individuals my marxist comrades. Television, whatever its medium, will be destroyed though, and there will be no new mutations of its technology afterwards. There will be no digital television, or live-streamed internet television. The revolution will not be televised or quasi-televised. Nothing will be televised, because nobody will want to watch it. They will live it.

Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Some smart fellow made a fitting video of clips to go with it (the sound track seems to be a more stripped down live-version of the song):


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