Mass media hypnosis


Last week, US Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, commenting on his efforts to protect postal jobs, compared the financial problems of the Postal Service to a fiscal failure abroad. “"Look what's going on in Greece,” he said. “There's nothing safe.” 

The doomsday talk just gets shriller.  The Ross committee brings forth witnesses to testify that the Postal Service must make drastic changes or go bust, and a steady stream of articles and editorials prophesy its impending collapse.

Each day brings more sad news of more post offices targeted for closing—some 20 or so each week.  That's on pace to close 2,000 in two years, and it's ten times faster than they've closed post offices over the past 40 years.  Yet the Postal Service wants to streamline the process and close them even faster.

It’s as if the politicians, media, and USPS headquarters were all engaged in an exercise in mass hypnosis.  Its goal—to get everyone believing the country can’t afford its “legacy” of brick-and-mortar post offices.  And when citizens cry and complain that their beloved post office is closing, they’re told, no problem, you can do your postal business online or at the supermarket or Office Depot.

(There’s a list of articles on this website here, a list of post office closings in the news here, and another list of closed and closing post offices over at Postal Reporter, here.)

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