Decrepit Old Fool has a passion for studying failure. In “A brief history of Fail“, DOF makes this observation:
It’s quite possible, even common to combine different kinds of Fail. For instance, you might be engaging in un-mindfulness-driven Fail, and then someone challenges you on it, add rationalization-driven Fail. As my Abnormal Psych professor used to say, most people go through their lives only minimally conscious. If you draw their attention to it, they wake up long enough to deny it and go back to sleep.
He goes on to discuss Fail at the institutional level, using details about the Johnstown flood to illustrate his point. He suggests that radical transparency may alleviate some of the dangers.
I admit to shamelessly copying his use of the Hat Fail image.
image: Hat Fail, Fail Blog