Everybody Talks About the Weather: Unit 8 Assignment 1 by Alec Stimac

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

  • !: Terrorism and radicalism were often confused, instilling fear in all citizens due to the political reform and threat of getting attacked in the media or being thrown in prison for any association.
  • ?: How far did journalism go in order to break stories? In this film, the reporter made up a lot of information about Katharina Blum, and even misquoted and found her mother. What were the limits? Was this the most profitable professions during the time?

Baader-Meinhof Komplex

  • !: Violence escalated when RAF leaders like Baader, Gudrun, and Ulrike were imprisoned and on trial without them having any say about it. The new generation went rouge to make a message. The trial was extremely unfair and led Ulrike to argue with Baaeder and Gudrun, being seen as a traitor and “knife” in the RAF’s back.
  • ?: What is the difference between the leaders getting murdered in the eyes of the new factions of RAF versus committing suicide? How does this change the viewpoints and reactionary responses of the new generation of radicals?

“Shadows of the Summit Pointing West” (1960)

  • !: German was trying to abolish the little bit of democracy that still remained standing – to rule against the interests and will of the people, especially through attitudes of casting “shadows of an unholy past back on to the walls” of Germany.
  • ?: What ended up happening in German later history post-WWII: renewing of guilt or constructive politics of peace? How did the RAF and Ulrike attempt to contribute to fixing/worsening this dilemma?

“Hitler Within You” (1961)

  • !: The younger generation must not stay silent nor allow the past to rest, but rather demand answers. In order to define a “new beginning,” one cannot and must not erase the memory of recent decades of history. They must reject ideas and redefine what it means to be German.
  • ?: How did young Germans go about creating reconciliation with former opponents and co-exist with other countries so another World War would not occur?

“Everybody Talks About the Weather” (1969)

  • !: Women struggled to be perceived as unique or irreplaceable beings in this society even after raising the children who are to take over soon.
  • ?: How did these issues get talked about not as the weather would but with real political potency? What transitioned the mindset of the German people, especially in respect to women and children?

“Women in the SDS: Acting on Their Own Behalf” (1968)

  • !: Is it not the fault of “women liberationists” but rather a societal failure in recognizing their importance.
  • ?: How did women gain a sense of influence in history, purpose, and direction in their work? How did this expand beyond Frankfurt?

“Columnism” (1968)

  • !: Profit and prestige factors were vital to how papers gave an “aura” to the audience of importance and truth. However, the claims columnists made reproduced the issues Germans were facing and did not truly seek change in the broken system but rather stabilized it.
  • ?: How are news-outlets functioning differently after the RAF? How do these compare with the propaganda of today? How did Ulrike change the way columns were viewed? What did she do differently to appeal to mass audiences and gain a following?

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