Created By: Blodqvist on April 12, 2011

The Baader Meinof Phenomenon

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So I was watching Linkara from That Guy with the review Lady Gaga. There was an instance in the comic where a music snob got into Lady Gaga after watching a music video on TV. Soon, he begins to see people with Lady Gaga t-shirts, people who talk about Lady Gaga... Linkara reacted to how weird it was that he began to see Lady Gaga everywhere after he just began to know her.

What Linkara probably didn't know was that the main character was going through a "Baader Meinof Phenomenon".

Copy-pasted from this side: "Baader-Meinhof is the phenomenon where one happens upon some obscure piece of information– often an unfamiliar word or name– and soon afterwards encounters the same subject again, often repeatedly. Anytime the phrase "That's so weird, I just heard about that the other day" would be appropriate, the utterer is hip-deep in Baader-Meinhof."

It could be really oscure things, like Baader-Meinof itself which was a terrorist organisation in Germany back in the 70s. Or more obvious things like The Rolling Stones. If you just found out what it is, you begin to see it everywhere, like the rolling stones logo that starts appearing everywhere.

I don't know if this appear in other media and I don't have any scientific explanation, yet. But it's probably sociological.
Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • April 12, 2011
    The concept is referenced in Doctor Who (Boom Town, specifically).
  • April 12, 2011
    Is the name commonly known? If not it should probably be a redirect. I can't think of anything witty, so maybe Exposure Avalanche?
  • April 12, 2011
    Definitely tropable, and the title works. It's just that the definition needs to be trimmed to be less personal and more definition-y.
  • April 13, 2011
    Needs A Better Description. Leading with "I was doing X" is not the way you want to open a trope.
  • October 20, 2012
    Indeed. Since this is also completely lacking in In Universe examples, I'm discarding it.