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Es ist soweit! Eric im TV

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Der Untergang des deutschen Fernsehens ist besiegelt - Eric ist da.

Ab dem 4. August jeden Montag als Teil von KulturJournal bei NDR 3 (spät Abends) werde ich sechs Wochen lang meine "Deutschland-Quiz" auf Norddeutschland ummünzen und verfilmen.

Die Mini-Serie heisst "Hansen in der Hanse", und hat eine Menge Spass gemacht. Wir sind durch 5 norddeutsche Städte herumgereist und die Leute auf der Strasse sowie die Bürgermeister in ihren Ämtern belästigt. Wir haben das mittelalterliche Viagra gefunden (tut weh), die indische Hanse, die deutsche Schuld an der Globalisierung der Welt und haben auch noch herausgefunden, was "Blodman" auf französisch bedeutet.


Dabei sind wir so klamaukig, bizarr und... naja, bizarr vorgegangen, wie es nur ging.

Schaut rein - es macht Spass, und Ihr habt die einzigartige Gelegenheit, zu beobachten, wie eine Fernseh-Karrier im gleichen Moment geboren und zerstört wird.

Und nicht nur das: Ihr werdet sehen, warum Männer in Cadillacs me…

Idiots, Nazis or Pranksters?

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Admittedly, Germans are not known for their ha-ha-fall-down humor. It's just not them.

But what they do like to do is make each other look stupid. (And before you frown and disapprove, let me remind you that American humor does that also - or do you really think Jon Stewart makes George Bush look intelligent?)



For example, the Hitler card game.

A small Berlin publisher jumpstarted a mini-scandal when it put out a card game featuring the faces and CVs of dictators, from Hitler to Idi Amin. The game is based on the popular German children's card game called "Quartett", in which you have to match features on your cards to features on the cards of another player to gather their cards - or something like that. Usually the cards feature cars or soccer players.

Immediately German officials realized that someone here wasn't being appropriately respectful of Hitler and complained. A politician of the liberal party SPD called it "tasteless," etc. The newspaper wr…

What is Satire?

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"Romanticism is people as they would like to be; realism, people as they seem with their insides left out; Satire, people as they are."

- Dawn Powell

If I'm A Racist, You're A Fascist

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Germans are probably the most international people on earth and at the same time the most self-centered and blind to everything beyond their own horizon. It's a strange combination – the exact opposite of America, where no one is really interested in anything that goes on outside our borders but at the same time politically we take on more responsibility internationally than anyone else and then some. Wait, that's not the opposite, it's the same thing. Oh no, I was right the first time: it's the exact opposite.

This week Germany's first Madame Tussaud's Wax Cabinet opened in Berlin and of course one of the figures in it was Hitler. A Brit or American would not find anything weird about this: How can you have a cabinet of wax figures depicting world leaders without Hitler? The idea is ridiculous; it would be like teaching math without mentioning the zero.

Not so for Germans: immediately it was a controversy. A German-Jewish leader called for Tussaud's to tak…