Blame is the act of censuring, holding responsible, making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible, the opposite of praise. When someone is morally responsible for doing something wrong their action is blameworthy. By contrast, when someone is morally responsible for doing something right, we may say that his or her action is praiseworthy. There are other senses of praise and blame that are not ethically relevant. One may praise someone’s good dress sense, and blame the weather for a crop failure.
As a propaganda technique
To use repetitive blaming behaviors, innuendos, and hyperbole in order to assign negative status to normative humans. When innocent people are blamed fraudulently for nonexistent psychological states and nonexistent behaviors, and there is no qualifying deviance for the blaming behaviors, the intention is to create a negative valuation of innocent humans to induce fear, by using fear mongering. Blaming in the form of demonization has been used by governments for centuries to influence public perceptions of various other governments, to induce feelings of nationalism in the public. Blame can be utilized to objectify people, groups, and nations, which can typically negatively influence the intended subjects of propaganda, compromising their objectivity. Blame is utilized as a social control technique.
- Don’t blame Monday (awesomeclawson.wordpress.com)
- 15 Things to give up to be happy series – 3. – Give up on Blame (realintent.org)
- Don’t You Try To Blame This On Me (brittanyvdilger.wordpress.com)
- Letter: Criminal behaviour is not a no-brainer (theguardian.com)
- Responsibility (ruthdulacblog.wordpress.com)
- Leading barrister attacks ‘ideology of sexual victimisation’ around rape (independent.co.uk)
- Why Do We Blame Victims? (psychologytoday.com)