They sometimes work, if coupled with financial incentives. Look at Firefly; exhaustive petitioning of Fox coupled with stellar DVD sales made Serenity possible.
(above) Made possible by an Internet petition.
What does this have to do with anything? Well, there is an Equality Federation petition up condemning the percieved discrimination of Fr. Wild’s rescinding Jodi O’Brien’s ARSC deanship. It reads, in full,
Dear Reverend Wild,
Please reconsider your ill-advised decision to rescind an official offer to Dr. Jodi O’Brien. Regardless of whether the decision was based on Dr. O’Brien’s sexual orientation or the subject matter of her previously published works, this action sends the wrong message about Marquette University to communities of faith, members of the LGBT community and all Wisconsin citizens.
Discrimination in all forms is unacceptable.
What does this have to do with Serenity? Well, below the signature box on the petition, there is a question reading