HARRISON BERGERON ATTENTION DEFICIT
Controversy is brewing over the millions of North American school children who've been targeted with Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and treated with RITALIN, aka "Kiddie Coke". As if that weren't bad enough, now the Edmonton Public School System has agreed to participate with WavePOINT systems Inc, in a pilot project to research the benefits of neurofeedback on ADHD kids in some schools. Neurofeedback involves attaching electrical leads to the skulls of children and teaching them how to "alter their brainwaves" (The way of the Brainwave, National Post, April 5, 2001).
With this new teaching method now coming to the forefront, I suggest people take a closer look at what Kurt Vonnegut was talking about in the following so-called "work of fiction"." ~ Jackie Jura
HARRISON BERGERON, 1995 - starring Christopher Plummer
Based on the short-story by Kurt Vonnegut this movie is another blatant example of so-called science fiction becoming reality a few years down the road.
The story takes place in the United States in the year 2053. In this society "mediocrity" is a government order. Anyone displaying original or non-conforming thoughts or tendencies is "zapped" by the electrical leads attached to the headband all citizens wear. The hero of the story is an all-American high school boy whose congenital intelligence cannot be suppressed as easily as most. He rebels against the mind-contol and attempts to get others to take off their headbands.
Citizens in this society watch public executions on television. People are put before a firing squad for shoplifting and non-payment of income tax.
It may be hard to find this movie in the video store as it is not well known. I happened to catch it on television a couple of years ago.
Now that you've been eased in gently to the concept of teaching children through electric shock, take a read of what Huxley describes in Brave New World. Be warned, it's not for the faint of heart. ~ Jackie Jura
Brain implants ok'd for depression (19-million Americans suffer sadness-guilt-physical pain-thoughts of suicide-change in appetite or sleeping). SmartMoney, Jun 16, 2004. Go to 14.Scientific Experimentation & BRAIN IMPLANTS IN USA
Go to ELECTRIC SHOCK TEACHING IN BRAVE NEW WORLD
Go also to Orwell's description of ELECTRIC SHOCK TEACHING IN 1984
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