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What's the etymology of the "Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon"?
posted by Sara C. to Writing & Language (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
As someone who is fascinated with the history of left-wing political movements, I've known about the Baader-Meinhof group for years.
I've also encountered the idea of the "Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon" as a name for that thing that happens where you hear about something for the first time, and then suddenly you start noticing it everywhere.
But why is it called that? The "Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon" wikipedia page (which is usually good for this sort of question) has been deleted. None of the web resources on the Phenomenon talk about the name at all. It's as if they think Baader and Meinhof were scientists who analyzed this tendency in the brain, or something?
Why a mention of a revolutionary/terrorist group in the name? Why not any of a million other bits of trivia that could be an example of our tendency to notice patterns like this?