Online Petitions

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    Feb 02, 2013 3:46 AM GMT
    Has anyone used one of the online petition sites to start a serious petition? Which one is the most popular, or best to use? Do these have any actual weight, or just a way to raise an issue into the public eye? Are they only National in scope or can they be state and local?

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    Feb 02, 2013 3:46 AM GMT
    I've signed a couple...I honestly think they're not super legit though
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    Feb 02, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    7Famark saidI've signed a couple...I honestly think they're not super legit though


    You are correct! They're not! One person can use 10 different computers and 10 different names to sign a petition. Of course, 1 person can plagiarize 10 different signatures on a paper petition too! icon_confused.gif
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    Feb 02, 2013 3:55 AM GMT
    Sure they do if done right.
    Mostly just raise the issue at first--raised enough; it will be picked up by Ellen, then BAM morbidly obese weight added to it.
    If done wrong it can really back fire and people find out you don't really have a million mom's backing your stupid idea.
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    Feb 02, 2013 6:31 AM GMT
    Sporty_g saidHas anyone used one of the online petition sites to start a serious petition? Which one is the most popular, or best to use? Do these have any actual weight, or just a way to raise an issue into the public eye? Are they only National in scope or can they be state and local?

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    I think you answered your own question. If you don't think online petitions are serious, then what's the point of going that route? Using the internet might be a good way to generate interest and maybe seek volunteers for local efforts. But asking a bunch of people to "sign" an online petition doesn't always yield actual results. Look at all the petitions that have been created on the White House site for example.
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    Feb 02, 2013 7:31 AM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_petition
    As is the case with public perceptions of slacktivism, Internet petitions are both a popular resort of web-based activism and a target of criticism from those who feel that such petitions are often disregarded by their targets because of the anonymity of petition signers; Snopes.com, for example, sides itself against the usage of Internet petitions as a method of activism.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slacktivism

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    Feb 02, 2013 8:44 AM GMT
    theantijock saidhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_petition
    As is the case with public perceptions of slacktivism, Internet petitions are both a popular resort of web-based activism and a target of criticism from those who feel that such petitions are often disregarded by their targets because of the anonymity of petition signers; Snopes.com, for example, sides itself against the usage of Internet petitions as a method of activism.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slacktivism



    Thank God I can finally feel justified in no longer signing those damn things icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 02, 2013 2:46 PM GMT
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    theantijock saidhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_petition
    As is the case with public perceptions of slacktivism, Internet petitions are both a popular resort of web-based activism and a target of criticism from those who feel that such petitions are often disregarded by their targets because of the anonymity of petition signers; Snopes.com, for example, sides itself against the usage of Internet petitions as a method of activism.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slacktivism



    Thank God I can finally feel justified in no longer signing those damn things icon_razz.gif


    haha

    I have mixed emotions on it and I'd like to see results quantified one day. I don't know if "they" have that yet.

    I tend to think the petitions are a little silly but I don't know if that's my physically activist background as I came of age right after Vietnam so I watched a lot of the protest growing up and then became active in college.

    Part of my activism was organizing events and so when I think of online petitions as a means of protest, my mind goes back to how we would have used the internet then and I can't imagine having used it to sign petitions of sit-at-home protesters; rather, we'd have used it to rally our troops.

    And for the protesters before my time, fighting the fighting of a horrible war, I can't imagine some online petition having stopped the Vietnam War, having stopped the killing there and the dying of our kids. So even while things might be changing, I have trouble taking it seriously but reserve judgment until more data is in.