When I was in 7th grade, my science teacher read Kurt Vonnegut's famous short story Harrison Bergeron to our class. I remember feeling disturbed by its depiction of a totally equal society, where everyone was reduced to the lowest common denominator of beauty, intelligence, and skill. I was especially fascinated by the concept of people wearing radios that would go off periodically, lest the wearer should be concentrating on something profound.

So I drew this comic to highlight the irony of how many people use their cell phones today — receiving instant notifications every time any of their friends posts anything online, whether important or trivial. The interrupt-driven dystopia described by Vonnegut has come to pass in our time, but rather than being mandated by the government as in the novel, we have voluntarily done it to ourselves, for our own amusement.

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