It seems like everywhere you go, there's a sign for a cause directing you to get on-board by signing an on-line petition....from gas prices to affordable housing....everyone wants your signature.
Sure its the new trend in social mobilazation, but guess what? No ones listening.
Why you ask? Because on-line petitions lack credibility. Anyone can add their name hundreds of times by making up names, and adding names of friends or family members who may not even know they've been added.
Furthermore, no address is required, and no other identification methods are usually asked. Essentially, an on-line petition can make the petitioner anonymous...
That's why political forces, government and other officials usually don't even bother opening them once they're directed to the intended destination.
The on-line petition has also made many people "lazy" in actually doing something, or being passionate about their cause - because they feel they can simply sign their name to a webiste, and assume that's enough.
Im no activist, Im just a television news reporter, who's done a lot of stories, and interviewed a lot of people who have NEVER seen a postive change come out of an online petition submission. No matter how many names they managed to get.
Just some food for thought the next time you sign one of these, or ask someone else to. Know that the likelihood of it actually making a difference is slim to none. It's sad, but true.