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Firebombing suspect's social-media moves a sign that the revolution is being live-streamed

Firebombing suspect's social-media moves a sign that the revolution is being live-streamed

In 1970, jazz musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron recorded an enduring piece of pre-rap social prophecy titled "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." You can hear a bit of it at the end of the opening montage on Showtime's "Homeland" each week.

Heron was talking about the commercial medium of network TV and its reluctance to honestly cover the unrest roiling American streets at the time. In that sense he was right on.

But today, the revolution is being streamed — often live — on social media outlets that are replacing television as the principal storyteller of American life. And it is shaking the pillars of the power structure at their very base with...

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