Monday, March 5, 2012

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Gil Scott-Heron was a member of the Black Panther movement in the 1970s.  He was a soul and jazz poet that focused on spoken word.  This is probably one of his most famous works where his call to action is to act now and stand up to the prejudice and racism in society.

I have seen several other takes on his words, about the revolution will not be televised, but tweeted, updated and checked-in. Eluding to the social media tools of today to start a revolution.  I think Scott-Heron was spot on, about the revolution not be televised, but how we see revolution today is much different than Scott-Heron would have ever dreamed.  He passed away last summer and I wonder what his thoughts were to the rise of Twitter and Facebook in revolutions like the Arabic Spring.

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