The Law of Unintended Consequences is a frequently observable phenomenon in which a given action has results that were not foreseen by the actor.
Now, let’s be clear here. That does not mean that the reaction tot he initial action was NOT foreseen or even not foreseeable, it just means that the person(s) who took the initial action didn’t see it coming. Sometimes, nobody did. But more usually , somebody does and screams to high heaven about it, only to be treated as a Cassandrian oracle and then be ignored later when they go all “I told you so.”
In reality though, the LoUC is more about the two methods we use to judge the original actions. We can be “intentionalists” or we can be “consequentialts.”
So… did TIME Magazine intend to mislead people with their cover of a crying girl and Trump? Or did they fail to consider the consequences? And what about all that “single use” plastic? Did we judge the intentions of the consequences of the way we disposed of it?