The Weather Channel

Janina doesn’t like to overindulge, but makes it clear that she is satisfied anyways. Unlike most people who consume multiple pieces of media, she sticks to one of each. She only drinks black tea, uses one program on the computer Dizzy bought her, and loses the remote which eliminates the possibility of switching off the weather channel.

When it’s on, Janina finds comfort in the continuous images. She talks about how in the winter, the sun escapes after a few hours and we’re left with nothing but darkness. The outdoors offer no comfort, so she has looked inside to find something positive. I’d imagine that it would get boring to look at the same green screen portrayal of her area, but perhaps there is something new to analyze if you are willing to look. She references the abstract lines that separate countries, and maps that highlight pressure for high altitudes. I found it powerful that she recognizes even though the Czech Republic and Germany aren’t outside her hamlet, the same elements are there too. The air they breathe is the same that makes its way to her, across oceans and mountains. It shows how people are all connected through nature, even when it doesn’t seem significant.

The satellite images of the Earth remind her that our planet is tangible, and a functioning sphere that keeps track of everything we do. Janina brings up the point that no one is recording the history of humanity on a camera, but the Earth holds us accountable because it doesn’t allow people to hide. Literally, we are exposed on its outermost part and have to live with our bodies showcased toward the stars and space.

Within the TV program, there are three types of people who tune in. The broadcast for skiers is meant to tell them about the slopes and snow conditions, but after spring comes their segment is replaced for the allergy sufferers. Pollen predictions are shown in bright red, warning them about danger zones. And drivers dismiss both of these since they’re only focused on how the weather affects the highway. Janina believes this classification of people is universal and compels us to apply it to ourselves. Responding to situations casually and being eager to indulge means they are a skier. They are pleasure seekers. There are also drivers, whose practicality forces them to take matters into their own hands, since they believe that’s the best way. And allergy sufferers, who have been conditioned to be on the offense, are wary of outside forces. Janina’s theory seems to be reminiscent of the categorization that horoscopes employ. But it is interesting to analyze how we behave, especially when the choices are random and somehow very poignant.

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