“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” by Gil Scott-Heron in summary, entails how individuals become submissive to the modern media and not engage in social activism in person. Instead watching it from the TV with commercials and several spins to confuse the message of the movement. Also, people making such media either turn a blind eye on critical events or make them forget their course and bring under control the wrath of the public, all in efforts to gain profit from such advertisements. The song is aimed at the popular culture of that period and era and relates to present media outlets.
The “Revolution will not be Televised” title was initially a slogan among the 1960s Black Power in the US. The author of the poem came up with the poem after a series of controversial events in 1969. He and several other students were demanding better accommodations following several instances of a bad experience by multiple students, such as the death of his dorm neighbor from an aneurism and an asthma attack of Ron Colbert’s in 1969. In addition, he activated a boycott of classes to receive medical supplements, which they eventually received. The boycott together with the demand for a new black president for their school -Herman Branson- in 1970, the shooting on May 4, 1970, in Kent University where a guard killed four students and the Mississippi state high way Patrol shooting and killing two black students of Jackson state university, all influenced his desire for social activism and thus came up with a poem.
I think the song was and still is a critical master peace as the song has been covered, sampled, and even reinterpreted by many in both pop and political domains. Many activists around the world have borrowed the message from the song in many instances. The lyrics that capture me the most are “the revolution will not be televised.” The reason is that such can be seen even today where news providers induce their own opinions in various news circumstances and emotionally impacts their viewers who had their perception, thus causing a break between reality and here-say.