debbie millman

Friday, November 17, 2006

A Trend in Blaming Abusers?

Three of the last big news stories feature a common denominator: blaming an abuser for one's own bad behavior. They are:

Mark Foley blaming his his childhood priest for his bad behavior with Congressional Pages

Ted Haggard blaming "historical ghosts" for his lies and hypocrisy

Judith Regan blaming a domestic abuse experience for her desire to publish OJ Simpson's "book."

Why can't anyone own up to their bad behavior and lack of judgement?

Just because someone has had something heinous happen to them doesn't give them *any* right to do the same to anyone else.

Just once, just once I would like to hear someone say the following:

"I am sorry, I made a mistake, it is all my fault."

*sigh*
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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at FastCompany.com and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on DesignObserver.com. In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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