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Suppose an architect said "You should have known never to walk down those stairs without ducking or you wouldn't have hit your head! It's so obvious! And changing it would cost a lot and affect the design upstairs." or "That person should never have walked into the big door on the front of the building, they should have read the sign on that small door that says it's the entrance! What a schmuck!"
Suppose an interior designer said to a disabled person who can't get through a door "So what if the desk prevents the door from opening fully? It makes the room look better, and all the people who I expect to be going through that door can fit easily!"
Suppose an auto company said "That person who hit the gas instead of the brake and killed themselves? It was their own fault. We clearly educate every customer that buys our cars that the brake is on the right and gas is on the left. It is more optimal that way, and if they didn't do it right, they just are too stupid to own one of our cars."
Isn't it more reasonable to think "Jeez, I didn't realize there was that failure mode" or "I knew that, but I guess there are other people who have different expectations", or "that design wasn't very good" or even, "boy I'm glad I was knowledgeable enough to avoid that trap, but it's too bad he wasn't"?
Is it a certain kind of arrogance, or lack of empathy that makes people blame the victim? Why is it so common on Slashdot, especially in relation to software and the internet?
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The Judge Rotenberg center, which serves about 250 adults and children from across the country, has been under fire for more than two decades for its unorthodox behavior-modification treatments, including electric shock treatments.
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