Analysis Of Kurt Vonnegut's 'The Euphio Question'

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There is a paradox called the “paradox of unanimity,” which states that the larger the poll is, the more unreliable a unanimous verdict becomes. For example, if a store had just been robbed, three people claimed to witness it, and they all choose the same suspect out of five suspects, then this unanimous decision can be considered almost completely legitimate. However, if in the same situation, except with 100 witnesses, a unanimous decision would almost certainly be wrong. This is due inferred due to numerous causes, such as decisions being affected by what others chose, and unreliability of memory. Sometimes, things appear too good to be true, and they oftentimes are. Kurt Vonnegut tells us this in “The Euphio Question.” He uses a…show more content…
The danger of this happening is great enough, in fact, that the government becomes involved after finding out Lew relinquished the secret of the euphio. Vonnegut uses the Federal Communications Commission to not only convey, but to amplify the serious political consequences of a machine like the euphio ever existing. The Federal Communications Commission, or the FCC for short, supervises what is allowed and not allowed on TV, radio, etc., and they need more information on the euphio that Fred, Lew, and the narrator have made. The narrator wants to convince the government that “America doesn’t want what we discovered” (88), but Lew thinks that “It’ll bring families together again, save the American home.” We know that the latter statement is false, but when Fred says, “this little monster could kill civilization,” he is sincere. In fact, the narrator mentions how “the only benefit we could get from the euphio would be if we could somehow lay down a peace-of-mind barrage on our enemies” (95). The world, at the invention of nuclear weapons, became paranoid that a nuclear war could wipe out humanity in a few hours. If the euphio were to be broadcasted globally, people would forget what they were doing and simply sit around until their deaths, with no need for the destruction of nuclear weapons. Aside from the story itself giving us the warning which Vonnegut is trying to tell us, we also know how he feels about

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