The Baader Meinhof Complex is a German historical drama directed by Uli Edel from 2008 about the eponymous left-wing terrorist group that waged a militant campaign against the West German establishment in the late ’60s and ’70s. It is a detailed, well written, assuredly directed, and mature examination of radicalism and you should check it out if you haven’t seen it.
The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon is a type of cognitive bias also sometimes called the frequency illusion that refers to the effect that occurs when something new comes to a person’s attention and that then subsequently seems to recur with disproportionate frequency in their perception. The term was coined in 1994 after a person in an online discussion board first learned of the terrorist group and then started perceiving them to be referenced with a greater frequency.
Some of the highlights from this Reddit thread are examples of the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon in action, others are just simply things people haven’t noticed before. Either way, as per the thread (which you can check out in full here), ‘What have you never noticed before, but now that you have you see it everywhere?’:
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