The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
Xerox is manufacturer and distributor of copiers who won’t be a sponsor — corporate entities will not be part of the revolution.
The metaphor of copying and inauthenticity is key — it ties into the idea of a revolution that is broadcast, sponsored, and produced for television. At the song’s climax, GSH reveals that the revolution will not be a Xerox or a simulacrum — it will be “live.”
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