This original spoken word music video is inspired by Gil Scott Heron's tour-de-force, "The REvolution Wil Not Be Televised" from the mid 70s. Scott-Heron created his spoken word masterpiece at a time when social movements were being squashed by mass media, not sparked and fueled through social media.
Our version was created by 12 young Chicago teens from Open Youth Networks in Chicago in a new era defined by participatory media.
Marshall McLuhan famously said, "The medium is the message." What does this quote mean as it relates to the role of media within social movements?
Would Scott-Heron's views differ if he were writing this today? Would he agree with these youth who envision technological networks as potentially non-commodified sites of vibrant imagination that tool free expression and dissent rather than manufacture political indifference and compliance.