This is intended to be a short and succinct post. I would like to offer my gratitude for the sound instincts of the climbing community in letting the Chipping Video "Scandal" swiftly disappear without a trace. Though the whole thing may still reverberate at a local level (at that undisclosed location), it is clear that in the end, for whatever reason, the story lacked legs and for the time being has vanished from sight. This is a good thing IMO.
Media in general, and video in particular can have a documentary role. But it seems better suited for celebrating achievement and documenting the many beautiful and good things about climbing. Its use in exposing malfeasance is something that I think we all feel a bit uncomfortable about (unless it involves stealing quickdraws at Smith Rock) and in the future I am sure anyone proposing such a tactic will think again before they follow through with it. It seems that in the end, the best way to settle this kind of dispute is still discussing it in person, away from the spotlight and not on the public channels of the Internet. Despite the growth of the sport, I hope this remains the case for a long long time into the future.