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‘Harrison Bergeron’: 2081 as Depicted by Kurt Vonnegut

Jim Gearhart was lamenting over the CNN article that states New York city schools have filed a
list of 50 words that they would like to ban from standardized tests.  Some of the words on
the list include Halloween, divorce, and dinosaurs.

2081 - Harrison Bergeron
courtesy of Amazon.com

Fonda from Long Valley called to tell Jim about a short sci-fi story by Kurt Vonnegut, called Harrison Bergeron.  The story begins.. “THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal.”

The story is an anti-Utopian, satirical look at a future that at times seems plausible. The movie 2081 is based on this Vonnegut story.

If you are not familiar with the story you can read it here and leave you thoughts below.  What word(s) would you like to see banned?

 

 

 

 

The complete list of words that could be banned:

Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological)

Alcohol (beer and liquor), tobacco, or drugs

Birthday celebrations (and birthdays)

Bodily functions

Cancer (and other diseases)

Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes)

Celebrities

Children dealing with serious issues

Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia)

Computers in the home (acceptable in a school or library setting)

Crime

Death and disease

Divorce

Evolution

Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes

Gambling involving money

Halloween

Homelessness

Homes with swimming pools

Hunting

Junk food

In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge

Loss of employment

Nuclear weapons

Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)

Parapsychology

Politics

Pornography

Poverty

Rap Music

Religion

Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)

Rock-and-Roll music

Running away

Sex

Slavery

Terrorism

Television and video games (excessive use)

Traumatic material (including material that may be particularly upsetting such as animal shelters)

Vermin (rats and roaches)

Violence

War and bloodshed

Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)

Witchcraft, sorcery, etc.

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