Bye Bye Postal Service?

Technology has changed the way we think, live and act. It has drastically changed the way we exchange information with each other. Before there was email, there was snail mail.

I bet if you were to ask someone what “snail mail” was (particularly a younger person) they would look at you like you had just asked them what the square root of infinity is. There’s a reason they would: Email is taking the place of snail mail.

In an article from CNN by Douglas Rushkoff (http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/09/07/rushkoff.jobs.obsolete/index.html), media theorist, states that jobs where people actually have to work, such as at the post office, are disappearing as more people turn e-Billing and Gmail. He says that as technology takes over, more people are out of a job and corporations rake in big profits.

Is this is a good step for our frail economy and the future of America? Well, no. Technology is not all bad, it has certainly enriched our lives in various ways – We are able to communicate with long-distance friends and family with outlets such as Skype and Facebook. We no longer have to send letters and wait for a week or more to receive an answer.

However, it’s not good as jobs begin to disappear, such as those at the Post Office. The U.S. Postal Service is currently facing a $9.2 billion deficit and could shut down next summer, according to ABC News.  So no more post office? No more letters, mail or packages? This is not good news.

An excerpt from ABCNews.com states:

“USPS owes $5.5 billion to fund future retirees’ health benefits, and next year it may not have money to pay its 560,000 employees. Partenheimer said that by Sept. 30, the end of the USPS fiscal year, the agency will have reached its borrowing limit of $15 billion.”

Will Postal Service soon be a obsolete along with VCRs and cassette tapes?

Check out the video on ABCNews.com for more information:

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/postal-office-nears-default-close-year/story?id=14449522

 

 

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