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Berlin Wall 20th Anniversary: A Bittersweet Celebration

Topics: Politics | 1 CommentBy admin | November 7, 2009

Sure, the Berlin Wall is gone, but Germans still have to endure David Hasselhoff.


The new Berlin Wall not only gets a test
run, it was created by the youth of the
city instead of crusty post war commies.

Sometimes I miss the Berlin Wall. As a mildly rebellious youngster in the 80′s, it represented a lot of what I thought about the world, having been raised on the doom and gloom of the cold war’s prediction of nuclear apocalypse. It was a central symbol of everything punk, and the actual wall was a great photo backdrop for the likes of Iggy Pop, David Bowie, or any globetrotting rebel that felt compelled to make the punk rock pilgrimage. I want to express a special thanks to the band U2 for helping clarify the zeitgeist as we approach the 20th anniversary of the wall being torn down. Back in the 80′s, the wall was between two superpowers. In 2009, U2 graciously highlighted the fact that the wall today is between haves and have-nots. It’s going to take the unemployed and broke people that comprise America’s red vs. blue polarity a while to figure it out, but the real dividing line of our times is the one between the entitled elite and the working class stiff. The anniversary of the wall coming down is also a good time to take note of the fact that although Ronald Reagan is often credited with the wall’s eventual demise because of his “Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall” line, nothing could be farther from the truth. He was just a witty actor delivering a line with impeccable timing. Even he said “How can a president not be an actor?“. Regardless of who brought the original wall down, U2 aren’t the only ones building new walls in Berlin; the youth of the city have created a wall of “dominoes” as part of Kulturprojekte’s Das Dominobuch (page is in German), which was created to keep kids thinking about the significance of the history of the wall. They’ll be knocking the wall down to kick off the festivities of the Festival of Freedom on November 9. And while this is indeed a time of celebration for Germans, we must show some sympathy as well. Although the wall is gone, they still have David Hasselhoff to deal with.

Beware, as always, the Hasselhoffian Recursion:

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