I SEE, AGAIN AND AGAIN, appeals to write (email) this person or that group to protest something that violates my sensibilities.
But I don't act on the request.
Perhaps I'm wrong, but I believe my protest will end up before blind eyes (what used to be "deaf ears" when we communicated by voice).
I don't believe anyone even COUNTS the number of appeals to do or not to do something, not manually and not with the aid of a computer.
ON THE OTHER HAND, I am concerned that if no one sends an appeal the person or organization will think "No one cares so full speed ahead."
I care about a lot of things.
- Iran getting the bomb.
Obungler helping Iran get the bomb.
Obungler & Company sending U.S. funds to support terrorist organizations such as the PA and UNRWA.
Hillary Clinton dodging questions about her emails and Benghazi.
State support of BDS against anyone.
Before email, people had to take pen in hand, write legibly their concern, neatly fold the missive, stick it into an envelop, apply a stamp, and put the letter in a mailbox - in the U.S, there used to be one on almost every other corner; now they are harder to find that the proverbial hen's teeth.
The wealthy could send a wire, a telegram.
Mail or telegram, the end result was paper.
Most of the time the message content - if not the point - was unique. There were, of course, "suggestions" on what to write and sometimes pre-printed "clip-n-send" messages, but for the most part, individuals had to make a personal effort to praise of complain.
Now, "Click here to" oppose or promote this issue or that concern.
I concede that my once handsome penmanship has gone the way of the dodo, but I still can "write" cursive using Brush Script MT or Calligraph241 BT and similar fancy fonts if I want to create a missive with ersatz penmanship. (Pity Google's blog doesn't support fancy fonts.)
It's a toss-up.
I'd like to add my two cents, but I hate to waste my effort doing something I know in my heart will have zero impact.
I still write the unsolicited individual electronic note - I even occasionally mail a letter - to praise or, sadly more often, criticize; usually the topic is Customer (non)Support.
Sometimes I KNOW any message will be wasted effort; writing my Congresswoman is an absolute waste of bits and bytes.
Perhaps rather than sending a message protesting something I would be better served sending a message - and perhaps a donation - to an organization protesting whatever it is that bothers me.
But maybe not.
I am in receipt of your letter.
I am in the smallest room in the house; your letter is behind me.