The revolution will not be televised—it will be tweeted.

Take away the signs

Take out your guns your bullets your growing ranks of police

Throw us in jail no food no water

Throw tears gas into the throngs and make us blind

Mow someone down with a military tank

It doesn't matter as long as we have phones in our hands.

We already knew that the media is not our friend.

Controlled by the government

Sponsored by toilet paper, electric companies and Disney

Talking heads spitting out


The weather

Murder trials

A little insanity here, a little injustice there, those will burn out.

We've got to appeal to the ratings, yes, to the fans.

It's business.

Nobody wants to be disturbed, do they?

We already knew that the media is not our friend.

But it doesn't matter as long as we've got our phones in our pockets, in our hands.

The voice of the oppressed shouts out, gets louder by sheer numbers.

The worldwide web is a worldwide wind, carrying everything it picks up.

Photos, videos, messages the government doesn't want us to send

Doesn't want you to see

But you can't tame the wind, can't censor the wind

If you try, it will gather all its strength and tear you to pieces.

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A/N: The main phrase for this poem was taken from the cover image, which is a photo from Turkey of a street slogan made by a protestor in the current rising violence there. Both this poem and the image reference the poem "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott Heron.