What if the world was completely equal? What if no one had any advantages over anyone else? “Harrison Bergeron” explores this idea in a short-story and film format. “Harrison Bergeron” is a short-story written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 2081 is a film directed by Chandler Tuttle, which follows roughly the same story as “Harrison Bergeron”. Between film and text, the most effective way to tell this story is through text because text emphasizes the readers’ imagination and the only limit is the author’s mind. The first reason why the text is more effective is because the reader can imagine what a perfectly equal world looks like, rather than it being up to the director. The text gives some information on how everyone is equal, such as how dancers have “sash-weights and bags of birdshot, and their faces [are] masked” (1). Even with those details, the reader is still left to imagine what the equal world would look like, which makes the world more realistic to the reader. However, in the film the visuals are given to the viewer. This leads to the viewer not feeling connected to the story. By allowing the reader to imagine what the world looks like, they can feel more connected to the story. The second reason why the text is the more effective medium is because the only limit is the author’s imagination. In the short story, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. writes that “not only were the laws of the land abandoned, but the law of gravity and the laws of motion as well” when Harrison and the ballerina are dancing (4). The reader imagines this scene in a manner that makes sense to them. Contrary to this, the film version had other limitations, such as the budget. In the film 2081, there is no scene where the laws of gravity and motion are abandoned. This is likely because the filmmakers didn’t have the budget to make that scene look realistic. We can see that by telling a story through text, authors are able to create more extraordinary stories compared to using film. Thus, text is the more effective way to tell the “Harrison Bergeron” story because text allows for focus on the readers’ and author’s imagination.