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by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Why is the news announcement in "Harrison Bergeron" at first unclear and hard to understand?

The news announcement in "Harrison Bergeron" is hard to understand because the announcer has a serious speech impediment. Eventually, he has to give the bulletin to a ballerina to read.

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It is initially unclear what the news announcer is saying because he has a serious speech impediment, like all announcers in this dystopian society. Since it is impossible for him to make himself understood, the announcer finally gives up and hands the announcement to a ballerina to read.

This episode demonstrates that the society which Vonnegut describes has failed even in its misguided goal of ensuring equality of outcome. The announcer is not only no more...

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