Lynn B Spigel, Michael Curtin

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In 1974, Gil Scott-Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" blasted its way to popular fame on radio channels, assuring the nation that television was a medium of hopeless consensus, aimed at the white majority and suited only to reproducing the lackluster shop-a-day world of happy homebodies. Proclaiming that one day "Green Acres, [the] B everly Hillbillies, and Hooterville Junction will no longer be so damn relevant," Heron sang of a better world, better in part because, as he said in his famous last line, rather than being on TV, the "revolution will be live."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Revolution Wasn't Televised
Subtitle of host publicationSixties Television and Social Conflict
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781135205409
ISBN (Print)0415911214, 9780415911214
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


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Spigel, L. B., & Curtin, M. (2013). Introduction. In The Revolution Wasn't Televised: Sixties Television and Social Conflict (pp. 1-18). Taylor and Francis.