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.