I believe that the most effective medium through which to view the story of “Harrison Bergeron” is text, the short story written by Kurt Vonnegut. My main reasoning for this point is this: reading a text allows you to expand your mind into that universe and explore this unknown environment; whereas movies, don’t allow any ambiguity in the facts. When a person can use their imagination to decipher a story, they use personal experiences to fill in the blanks. For example, they may model parental characters after their own parents. These personal connections allow people to relate more to the story, and in the case of “Harrison Bergeron” they allow us to insert ourselves into the story which isn’t a positive experience. The text version of the story, though somewhat vague, gives us an opportunity to be empathetic. For example: in the story, we can wonder whether Diana Moon Glampers has any handicapping technologies or if she only reinforces them on other people. This provides the audience with room to expand and converse on the topic, discussing why or why not this may be the case, or Diana Moon’s true motives. Whereas the movie prevents that by showing us Diana Moon wearing nothing but a small arm weight, which prevents us from carrying a conversation on the topic. As another example, the way that the creators implemented the sounds that George’s handicap makes him hear were wildly different. In the film adaptation, we only ever hear one jarring sound, which is connected to flashbacks of Harrison’s kidnapping. However in the story, There are hundreds of sounds, and the majority of what we experience related to them, are George’s reactions, and how this handicap physically affects him. Such as when he receives the sound of a “twenty one gun salute” which is so physically painful that he “was white and trembling, and tears stood on the rims of his red eyes.” (2) Having this unique sound labeled for us lets us imagine what it might be like to have to hear that every twenty seconds of your life. To have to live in constant pain and apprehension of what would be next. Especially in a class of people who would most likely be in the population who would have to wear handicapping earpieces. Lastly, though I found the ending to the story rather abrupt, the short story still provides us with a beautifully implemented extended metaphor. The moment where Harrison and his empress dance, literally killed and shot down by Diana Moon, being a perfect parallel to people’s thoughts, hopes, dreams and imaginations. They are killed by the sharp sounds in their heads, preventing them from living on to their full potential. This happens in both the film and the story, but I believe that the story does a better job with the extended moment, as their isn’t any other complicated plot lines intertwined into the story arc, and all we have to focus on is the emperor and the empress in that point in time. In conclusion, I believe that ”Harrison Bergeron” is most effectively viewed through text as the unavailability of the full picture, combined with the specific details that we do receive give us the opportunity to infer, wonder and discuss what living in a life where we are forced to live as everyone else would be like, and what it might lead to.