Ok, this is SO unrelated to this blog, but I needed more space than 140 characters to think through something, so here it goes.
It references a twitter conversation; here’s a link to the middle of it:
So, here are my thoughts.
- Video holder demands a large sum of money from target, in exchange for giving up video to target, so target can fully control who sees it.
- if target pays video holder a large sum, target acquires video and video does not go public. Video holder receives a lot of money.
- if target doesn’t pay video holder, video goes public, video holder does not receive a lot of money, but they get vengeance by releasing video.
For the Rob Ford situation:
- Video holder demands a large sum of money from any person, in exchange for giving up video to that person, who can then fully control who sees it.
- if target pays video holder a large sum (before anyone else does), target acquires video and video does not go public. Video holder receives a lot of money. (target becomes “that person” in above point)
- if target doesn’t pay video holder before anyone else, then either
a) video goes public, video holder DOES receive a lot of money, just from someone other than target
b) video goes public, video holder did not receive a lot of money, but they still get vengeance by releasing video.
(There is technically another option for #3 in both of the above situations, where the video holder fails to get money AND doesn’t release video because they aren’t into vengeance, but even if you think this is likely enough to consider, it’s identical in both of the above cases, so moot).
So I highlighted in red the only differences between the two situations. These blackmailers are rather clever in that they stand a good chance to profit even if the target DOESN’T pay up – genius, really.
In conclusion, if this Rob Ford situation is not considered equivalent to blackmail, I think there’s something wrong with our legal system. If one is allowed, so should the other be. Please comment with counter-arguments, I’m willing to try to be convinced.
As an afterthought, it’s been made clear by the media that it’s the drug dealers themselves that are trying to get the money, or at the very least are the ones appearing in the video along with Ford. So… drug dealing is illegal last time I checked, why is nobody talking about arresting these clowns, if not for blackmail, then for… I don’t know… selling crack to the mayor?