In this modern age of Facebook and Twitter, some grassroots causes can really take hold and spur huge change in the world. It some cases, it can create violent revolution and fell entire governments (hello, Egypt and Libya).
In other cases, the speed and efficiency of social networking simply spreads rumors and tricks people to get behind fake causes or to stand up for something that isn’t even real.
Take gas prices, for instance. Sure, folks are upset that it costs more every day to fill their gas tanks. We love to complain about prices at the pump, but there’s really nothing we can do about it, right?
Well, of course there’s something we can do about it. We can stop buying gas. There’s a rumor sweeping Facebook Nation like a virus right now, urging people not to buy gas on March 31. Not doing so will supposedly cripple the oil companies.
There’s only one problem with that. It won’t work.
For an in-depth explanation on why a one-day boycott won’t change anything, check out this article from 2007 that debunked the myth last time it reared its ugly head. I’ll summarize here, and add a few snarky comments for your enjoyment.
The biggest reason a nationwide gas boycott wouldn’t work is that people won’t stop using fuel. Even if a few morons are suckered into driving past the gas station on a certain day with their middle fingers fully extended, they are still driving and thus, still using fuel. Which means they’ll either top off on March 30 or re-fill on April 1.
Way to “stick it” to the Big Oil companies, guys!
Plus, do you really think all big-rig truckers and family vacations and commutes to work will grind to a halt on a certain day to prove a point to oil companies? Keep dreaming. Like it or not, oil companies keep our society moving. Nearly all business depends on the delivery, purchase and use of oil-based products.
To really fight back against the price of oil, the only thing to do is buy less of it until prices respond accordingly. Contribute to that goal any way you wish, be it hybrid, Volt or donkey.
Do you have friends who have helped spread the gas boycott rumor? I know I do.