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How would you take that?

Threat
- 7 (38.9%)
Possible Threat
- 8 (44.4%)
Not a Threat
- 3 (16.7%)

Total Members Voted: 9

Voting closed: June 24, 2007, 07:06:40 PM


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voodoo

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Wise Up or Die
« on: June 22, 2007, 07:06:40 PM »

Please only vote in the poll if you do not know the context in which I ask it.

Question: Imagine you are an elected government type and received an e-mail (clearly not spam) that advocated certain actions on your part.  If the e-mail contained the phrase, "either you do your job, or get out of the way. WISE UP OR DIE. If the latter be your choice, then BE GONE with you NOW!" directed to you, what would be your reaction?





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Context: http://newhampshireunderground.com/forum/index.php?topic=9345.0
http://unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Brown+case+e-mails+investigated&articleId=083dd586-0d54-4650-a9ca-07f99d4d3914
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Re: Wise Up or Die
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2007, 04:29:38 PM »

I don't think "die" itself makes something a threat. Words like "kill", "assassinate", "murder", etc would make it more threatening. I took the statement in a darwinian way, like a variant of "adapt or die". If someone said "adapt or die" to me I wouldn't think of it as a threat or attempt at intimidation. If they were angry at me, that wouldn't change it.

If they'd said something more like "If you don't get out of the way then something will happen" I would believe it to be a threat. This is just barely on the edge of the fine line, though.

I can totally see someone with the mind of a politician taking this as a threat though.
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Re: Wise Up or Die
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2007, 05:08:24 PM »

Clearly not.

"Wise up or you will die" might be construed as a threat, but even that could simply be an explanation of what will happen through no intervention by the statement maker. For example, "stop overdosing on heroin, or you will die".
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Re: Wise Up or Die
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2007, 05:40:52 PM »

I went with not a threat, but it's close.
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