It's hard to tell how much people care about an issue just by the amount of people that join a facebook group. Did they join because they were friends with the creator? Because she or he begged them to? Do they care only slightly about the problem, or do they care deeply? There are probably all 4 types of people in our groups.
“Help us get Gwireless in City Hall” now has 113 members, some of whom I know; some of whom I've never heard of.
But the numbers aside, there are people who really do care and need a solution to this problem.
Diana Sanchez, who currently lives in City Hall, remarked:
Because Gwireless is key to getting homework accomplished. With roommates around, sometimes you can't both work in the same room, but we're forced to since we only have internet access in the living room. It was an annoying and ridiculous problem to have all the year, and even if I don't reap the rewards of this petition, hopefully others will.
Bradley King, a future resident, shared a similar concern.
Wifi is a major part of my academic due process when it comes to assignments and projects. The fact my future dorm may lack this concerns me deeply, wrote King.
All in all, there are students who care and find the lack of a Gwireless connection that reaches all the floors in City Hall a real problem. Those are the students these facebook groups address.
The fact that these groups were created with the initial goal of getting an A in a class doesn't undermine the legitimacy of our causes. The fact that we are all campaigning at the same time may be counter productive for us, and the fact that we all use this platform may annoy some readers, as some of the comments on my last blogpost suggest. But we are still addressing real problems at GWU. And there are students who do care about them.
It's not about glitter, or numbers in a group. It's about the people with real concerns and testimonies, and the people who empathize and click “join” or sign up.