The revolution will not be televised, but don’t worry

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In a recent piece for McSweeney’s, Brian Agler puts a satirical spin on Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” reformulating the iconic 1971 song within the context of 21st century media. Equating the “revolution” with a contemporary sports broadcast or TV show, Agler affirms that it indeed wouldn’t be televised nowadays (perhaps due to network-enforced regional blackouts), before detailing a litany of alternative outlets, including Hulu, Twitter, and low-quality illegal streams. “The revolution will not be televised,” he writes. “But I guess if you really need to see it, you could download a torrent. Just be careful, because if we get another letter from Time Warner, they’re going to cut off our internet.”

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