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The Blame Game

 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:52 am    Post subject: The Blame Game Reply with quote

I don't actually remember a game by this name from childhood,
but then I was raised before "time out" replaced "go to your room".

The notion of the "Blame Game" is an excellent example of my
favorite aphorism: It isn't what it is, it's what you do with it.
In particular, the only time the "blame game" is mentioned,
is when someone claims they don't want to play it.

I guess the implication we're supposed to take from a declaration
of this sort is that the argument will degenerate to a kind of
family station wagon back-seat sibling squall -- did so, did not.

But, I've had dozens of anniversaries of orbits around the sun,
and this has given me an advantage: people who don't want
to play the "blame game" are generally trying to avoid being
rightfully blamed.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:59 pm    Post subject: Blame Exchange Reply with quote

How about an Accept the Blame game where people get credits for taking responsibility for things they didn't do?

Or even, a Blame Exchange where people who just don't want to or can't deal with the outcome of their actions, trade it to someone else with an equivalent, but different problem...
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice. Seriously. Very nice.

I've played that first game, myself.

Camping on BLM land in central Oregon, a Ranger drives up, and
starts talking. I'm a smoker, but between May and October it is
illegal to smoke on BLM land except in very particular circumstances.

[It's worth a quick diversion to describe a few: while in a car (okay),
or standing in more than 2 feet of water (what?).]

I admit that I'm a smoker, but I do it legit. (okay, so not perfectly
true, but I couldn't find 2 feet of water to step into). He looks down
and sees a cigarette butt and asks what about this?

Now, Sketch, my camping friend doesn't smoke. Except when
he's all worked up about some girl. He smoked the previous night
and threw down the butt, something I never do.

Sketch was off hiking in the hills. Rather than complicate
the Ranger's life, and make it seem like I was wiggling out of
responsibility, I accepted the blame.

Maybe it's my imagination, but I thought he could sense what I
was doing, and had a kind of respect for it. He wrote me a warning.
Somewhere on some BLM computer that day lives on.

The second one is interesting too. I've seen this plot in a couple
of Noir movies, and the Noirish Perry Mason TV series.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may be thinking of the Hitchcock movie, Strangers On A Train in which one person persuades another that they should perform a murder for each other...thus giving each other the chance for the perfect alibi.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the "blame exchange game" is the plot propellant for a
fair number of noirish films and TV shows.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This has nothing to do with anything, but the "Blame Game" makes me think of the "Name Game" song.

Quote:
Let's do Johnny.
Johnny, Johnny mo-fani.
Bananarama mo mani
Fee Fi Fo Fani
John-nee!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure. I like fun too, Moe-Johnny!
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