17 Nov 2000 Iain   » (Master)

<person>E-Hackers</person>: Sorry, when I said "E Hackers" I was including users/testers/documenters as they always say they are as important...blah blah blah. But still, I think some of the main developers have attitude problems too.

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The Daily Express today had a headline "Free Fruit For School Pupils" and underneath had a large photo of a grinning Elton John. I found it funny. But apparently the two things were completely unrelated. Hoohum

I watched TV tonight and finally was offended and disgusted by one thing. MTV Europe giving Serbia an award for "Free Thinking" because they had a revolution to overthrow a dictator. Quite frankly I was sickened. I bet the Serbians who died's families (what a lot of plurals:) are thinking "Oh well, it was worth it all now, we've got an MTV:Europe Music Award for Free Thinking". And to top it all, after showing pictures of the "revolution", Wyclef Jean came on and said something to the effect of "See, those are the real revolutionaries, not these people you see on TV. You should all be thinking for yourselves.". Fuck off MTV!

You will not be able to stay home brother
you will not be able to plug in, turn on and drop out
you will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip
skip out for beer during commercials
Because the revolution will not be televised
the revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
in 4 parts without commercial interruption
The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John
Mitchell, General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat
hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary
The revolution will not be televised
The revolution will not be brought to you by the
Schaefer Award Theatre and will not star Natalie
Wood and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia
The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal
The revolution will not get rid of the nubs
The revolution will not make you look five pounds
thinner because The revolution will not be televised brother
There will be no pictures of you and Willie Mays
pushing that cart down the block on the dead run
or trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance
NBC will not be able to predict the winner at 8:32
or the count from 29 districts
The revolution will not be televised
There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay
There will be no pictures of young being
run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process
there will be no slow motion or still life of Roy
Wilkens strolling through Watts in a red, black and
green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
for just the right occasion
Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies and Hooterville
Junction will no longer be so damned relevant and
women will not care if Dick finally gets down with
Jane on Search for Tomorrow because black people
will be in the street looking for a brighter day
The revolution will not be televised
there will be no highlights on the eleven o'clock
news and no pictures of hairy armed women
liberationists and Jackie Onassis blowing her nose
The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb,
Francis Scott Key nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom
Jones, Johnny Cash, Engelbert Humperdinck or The Rare Earth
The revolution will not be televised
The revolution will not be right back after a message
about a white tornado, white lightning, or white people
You will not have to worry about a germ in your
bedroom, the tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl
The revolution will not go better with Coke
The revolution will not fight germs that can cause bad breath
The revolution WILL put you in the driver's seat
The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised will not be televised
The revolution will be no re-run brothers
The revolution will be live!

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott Heron (1975)

Pity that the chances are, the revolution won't just be televised, it'll be televised, serialised, re-run, made into a movie, sold as a novel, a LTD edition widescreen digitally remastered (with extra footage not seen before) video in a gold box, and a soundtrack album featuring "Revolutionary" songs such as "Wannabe", "Because I Want To" and "I Did It My Way" and sold on Think Shit with a Penguin superimposed over the top.

Or just maybe, they really will miss it. . .

W . A . S . T . E .

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