The Revolution will not be Televised Analysis

The Revolution will not be Televised Analysis

Television is one of the most popular forms of communication. As thus, it is expected to inform the masses on what is happening throughout the world in a balanced and impartial manner. Unfortunately, the TV as a means of communication seems not to have lived to its expectations. Rather than inform, the Television networks are hell-bent on contorting the truth, spreading propaganda. In addition, the Television is meant to address the real issues facing the society. On the contrary, it highlights the issues that do not benefit the ordinary person in any way. The paper explores how the poem “The revolution will not be televised” uses various aspects of language to represent the television in a bad light.blankThe persona in the poem is of the opinion that the television causes a misrepresentation of the reality. As thus, the poem serves a wakeup call to the naïve TV viewers who take all that is broadcasted in the television networks as the gospel truth. In the poem, it is apparent that the television owners desist from broadcasting the real issues affecting the society. In particular, the television will not, therefore, show people taking part in the revolution in the bid to liberate themselves from the shackles of oppression. It will instead focus its lenses on issues that are rather trivial and less vital. For example, it will show programs such as “The Beverly Hibbiliiies” and “Hooterville Junction.”

Ideally, the media should act as the mouthpiece of the voiceless population by exposing the crimes being committed by the government of the day. It should in no way remain silent when a government is committing atrocities against the people it is supposed to protect. The broadcasting of such evils would lead to a worldwide public outrage and condemnation. However, the television in this poem opts to take a backseat and watch the government forces unleash violence on unarmed and defenseless demonstrators. In the poem, there is the mention of the television stations not taking pictures when pigs are shooting brothers. The artist uses metaphors to compare the trigger happy security forces with pigs. Pigs are gullible animals that are often depicted in tales as being self-centered and heartless. In the same breath, the rogue regime is depicted as using its security apparatus to thwart any attempt of the people to free themselves from the shackles of social injustice.

The TV is depicted as giving priority to commercial interests over its primary role of informing the masses. Throughout the poem, there are several mentions of the news bulletin being disrupted by commercials. The news about the revolution is not going to earn the television company any revenue. Therefore the media house owners do not see the need for sending their reporters and news anchors on the ground to cover the revolution. The television networks would instead focus on broadcasting programs such as the Green Acres that attract a fanatic following. The author of the poem also challenges consumerism that is channeled through the television stations. Rather than dwelling too much on encouraging and luring people into possessing and consuming things that they do not really need, the television stations should turn their attention to the problems that are affecting the society.

The TV is depicted as a tool for propagating racist ideologies. In this particular poem, the television is depicted as advocating for the idea of white supremacy over the blacks and other people of color. The artist makes use of repetition to reinforce his displeasure of the television dwelling too much on the affairs of the white people at the expense of the other races. The artist talks of a white tornado, white lightning, or white people to show that the affairs of the white people are given a priority over those of the people of color. The impending revolution, therefore, seeks to restore sanity, impartiality and balanced news coverage by the TV and other forms of media.

The television is depicted as playing a role in the shaping of the opinions and perceptions of the masses. For instance, the television is accused of peddling the notion that being thinner makes one to more sexually attractive and appealing to the others. This is illustrated in the line that states “The revolution will not make you look five pounds thinner” (Scott-Heron 3). In as much as this may be true in the contemporary society, the television ought to have given more attention to the problems facing the society such as racism and other forms of social injustices.blankTheoretically, the television should give an accurate reflection of the situations that matter most in the lives of the viewers. As thus, the news coverage should be devoid of any exaggeration or concealment of some information. However, this seems not be the case in the representation of television in this particular poem. The television station fails to reveal most of the required information. In other incidents, the television blows the facts or reality out of proportion. For instance, the television fails to show images of people taking advantage of the revolution in order to loot property. An event in the poem depicts the lamentation that the television does not show people loading a color television into a stolen ambulance. Moreover, the television does not show looters pushing stolen goods down a block.

The television stations as pictured by the persona are avenues for spreading irrational fear among the population as a way of shaping a narrative in a given manner perhaps the one that portrays the evils as rights. Trivial things that are a non-issue to the masses are made to appear very serious and life-threatening. In the poem, the artist states that the people will no longer have to worry about doves in their bedroom as the revolution will not be televised. A dove symbolizes peace and should not thus be feared. However, the television seems to have succeeded in vilifying the harmless people and therefore making them look bad in the eyes of the public. On the other hand, the evil people in the society are vindicated and made to appear holier than thou devoid of any blemish.

It is apparent that the poem “The Revolution will not be televised” represents the television in the bad light. The television stations are depicted as being mere commercial enterprises that do not owe the viewers the responsibility of reporting the news in a fair, balanced, impartial manner. This revelation on the true nature of the television networks serves as a paradigm shift to viewers on how they perceive news and stories broadcasted by the television. Rather than believing everything, the viewers ought to be critical and skeptical of the information and the ideas being passed to them by the reporters and news anchors.

Work Cited

Scott-Heron, G. The revolution will not be televised. History is a Weapon. Retrieved from historyisaweapon.com

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