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by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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What technology does George have to wear in "Harrison Bergeron," and what is its purpose?

In "Harrison Bergeron," George has to wear a radio transmitter that broadcasts loud noises in his ear every twenty seconds. The purpose of this is to prevent him from thinking and taking advantage of his superior intelligence. He also has to wear a bag of birdshot round his neck as a physical handicap.

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George has to wear a miniature radio transmitter in his ear. This is tuned to a government radio station which emits loud noises approximately every twenty seconds. George is highly intelligent, and the purpose of this device is to prevent him from following any train of thought for more than twenty seconds and thus "taking unfair advantage" of his brain.

George is also physically handicapped by having to wear a canvas bag of birdshot (weighing forty-seven...

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