I was wondering about something and I have a question. On Facebook, they have all of these petitions you can sign to “get this parrot out of this horrible situation he was put in.” and “Save this” and “Care about that.” Does signing any of these petitions do anything about the situation? Does it really accomplish anything?

I did a little research and it seems that the answer is, “No, not really.” On a paper petition, there are hard copy signatures with addresses and postal codes. There is not an easy way to fake these, as they can be checked. But when all you’re going on is an email address….(She shakes her head sadly.)

They do make us feel better. But when you’re signing a petition to say, throw out a political leader, do you really think that political leader gives a rat’s hiney about a bunch of Facebookers? I doubt they ever get the petition in the first place, let alone are so moved to do anything about it. But if you want to sign the latest petition to get Paris Hilton to quit wearing that Gawwwdawful pink crap she always wears, have at it. And by the way, I wonder how she’s doing with that African Grey she got about a year ago.

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