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Petition Culture

Social Justice, Social MediaMonica EdwardsComment

We live in a petition culture now. Basically, young kids (and immature adults) think that they can make a petition for anything they want and get it fixed. Seriously, if you just do a small search on tumblr you will find some of the dumbest petitions being posted. Like this one asking people not to spread satirical news stories on the social media. It has a whopping 219 people who support it. Then there is this one, asking the U.K government to legally identify people "outside of the gender binary" because you know there are actually 800 genders, not just two. Too bad this crap already worked in the USA (Oregon) and it's being used to sue people (successfully I might add). There is this petition to remove a "man thong" from a video game. There is this one demanding a veggie burger at a fast food restaurant. The list goes on and on. You get my point.

Now, I know what you are going to say "Well people always used petitions to get XYZ crap". True. However, it wasn't nearly as easy back in the day so there were less of them. Suppose in the 90's you wanted to petition for Gay Marriage. What did you have to do? Well, you had to go talk to people. As in face to face. You then had to get them to manually fill out a form on your clipboard and sign their name agreeing that they too wanted gay marriage. Then you have to present this petition to City Hall or some other form of government in person so they had to consider it or deny it. Didn't always work but at least you were putting effort into it. 

These days? You just have to come up with any whiny semi-problem that you want and jam it on and you think you have a "cause". Most of these petitions don't get more than a couple hundred "signatures" before they are shut down or forgotten. In the case of the petition to get anywhere on that website they need at least 100K signatures. However, even if that happens the government (or any other organization that people are petitioning) can easily just ignore anything was said to them. They aren't legally obligated to do crap about it. In fact, there have been many cases where online petitions have been thrown out. Why? Because there's no actual way to prove or verify that the signatures have come from different people or adults, or anyone of any given age that they can actually effect change. These people will still do it though they think that the magic 100K number means INSTANT CHANGE and they "won". With petition sites like they have made activism super easy and impersonal. The laziest form of activism imaginable. Since SJWs don't like to do actual work (as is proof by their delusions of Bernie 2016 and free college) it's no surprise that what they cling to the most hard is sites like these.

I'm not saying this is a problem, I'm just pointing out that this is now the mentality of our culture and the type of people we have bred. There was even an instance of interns working at a business. They wrote a petition to have a flexible dress code and the business fired them. Flat out. 

I spoke with my manager about being allowed some leeway under the dress code and was told this was not possible, despite the other person being allowed to do it. I soon found out that many of the other interns felt the same way, and the ones who asked their managers about it were told the same thing as me. We decided to write a proposal stating why we should be allowed someone leeway under the dress code. We accompanied the proposal with a petition, signed by all of the interns (except for one who declined to sign it) and gave it to our managers to consider. Our proposal requested that we also be allowed to wear running shoes and non leather flats, as well as sandals (not flip-flops though) and other non-dress shoes that would fit under a more business casual dress code. It was mostly about the footwear, but we also incorporated a request that we not have to wear suits and/or blazers in favor of a more casual, but still professional dress code.

The next day, all of us who signed the petition were called into a meeting where we thought our proposal would be discussed. Instead, we were informed that due to our “unprofessional” behavior, we were being let go from our internships. We were told to hand in our ID badges and to gather our things and leave the property ASAP.

We were shocked. The proposal was written professionally like examples I have learned about in school, and our arguments were thought out and well-reasoned. We weren’t even given a chance to discuss it. The worst part is that just before the meeting ended, one of the managers told us that the worker who was allowed to disobey the dress code was a former soldier who lost her leg and was therefore given permission to wear whatever kind of shoes she could walk in. (Source)

The were shocked! Bamboozled! Smeckledorfed! How could they have written such a PROFESSIONAL proposal only to have it be IGNORED? If you want to talk about a bunch of self-entitled people here they are. Interns for crying out loud. Then they think it's completely unfair they were let go. When this is what working in the real world is. Yet because we've now made it so easy to "protest" via online petitions they've stepped out into the real world.

My theory in all of this is as follows. Tumblr started in about 2006? Something like that. Then a bunch of teenagers moved into it. Over time these teenagers became SJWs and they started to run the site. As the years passed they all physically aged but never mentally matured. Tumblr and other forms of social media taught them if they write petitions and things then they will be rewarded because "that's the right thing to do". They tried and therefore they should get all the cookies. The problem is that these people "grew up" in a way that they eventually went to college but they still all had their stupid tumblr blogs. Their hug boxes. Which led to petitions and taking campuses hostage in order to get things done their way. 

We as a society have bred these people. Though it's nice to know a lot of places aren't taking their shit, it seems that far more are. We need to stop letting them get away with any of this. Do I still think petitions are a good thing? Yes. Do I believe they effect change? In some ways they can. However at the end of the day, a bunch of signatures on a piece of paper (or online database) pretty much can be thrown out at the whim of whoever receives it. The world is now full of self entitled brats and we really only have ourselves to blame.