Whether this is true or not, I'm not sure on it. A friend on Facebook signed an online petition to keep NASA and the NOAA from being cut. Those are the space program and weather program respectively. I didn't click on the petition, but it gave me the question and a new blog in mind. In an era where everybody can create a petition for pretty much anything online, why do they usually not work?
Quite frankly, online petitions don't work because most people don't care. For some, they may want to express their concerns and want something protected or removed. To hundreds of millions, however, they don't really see the effort just for a measly thing that isn't worth any attention. You're looking at a very extreme minority of people who sign petitions. That's what it boils down to. Not to mention it could be anyone throughout the world, not just one part of the world.
There's stuff like protesting outside and saying stuff on television. That can get a lot more attention than the Internet. Everything is divided a lot more on the Internet to smaller numbers. So many subsets are seen in every imaginable thing, you don't know if people do truly care or if they see a petition and just skip it to go to somewhere else.
Honestly, I could care less as many hundreds of millions do. If I want to express a concern, I'm not going to waste my time and effort to get a thousand signatures for something meaningless in the end. You make a better impact outside of the Internet forums.
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