Sep 28, 2013 · 6:00 PM
Many of you will remember this classic scene from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" And some of you (closer to my age!) will recall Flip Wilson as Geraldine, saying "The devil made me do it!"
I was reminded of these when I was listening to this podcast of Radiolab from WNYC, which is all about blame. It's a long one, and I found that the last third was a bit off the topic, but I would encourage you all to listen. As usual, it was very interesting and very provocative.
This struck me on two levels. First, it touches on the taboo subject of child pornography. Second, and more to the point, it deals with justice and how to mete it our. There are many ills in the world that some try to ascribe to behaviors out of our conscious control. Obesity, smoking, gambling, sex, drugs, etc. all fall into that category. One that comes to mind often is the infamous "Twinkie Defense" by Dan White is explaining his 1979 murder of Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. But are these the refuge of the well-heeled defendants only? It's difficult to imagine a destitute person with a public defender having the means to hire expert witnesses to prove such a defense.
There are many facets to blame, from the concept of original sin to the idea of being blameless to the purpose that pointing blame serves in a civilized society.
So let's gather at our usual haunt this coming Saturday night for a hearty discussion about blame. If you're not there, I will blame you!
I hope to see you there...