Business Week wrote this piece on the imminent collapse of the U.S. Post Office in May, but it’s in the top five stories this week.
The funny thing is, I like the Post Office. I think it’s more more efficient than its physical world rivals, especially for packages sent to people who live outside urban centers. I write letters more than I used to, in some kind of homage to the tactile act of using pen and paper. I also like getting mail, and I think I like more than I like getting email or Facebook friends. Finally, I think, perhaps wrongly, that it increases friction to keep paying bills by paper. Banks like to claim that online banking is more secure, but I suspect it is also more attacked. I also fret that the more online accounts I have, the more vulnerable I am.
By chance, the Boston Globe ran this piece about writing letters in the digital age today.
Not sure I’d pay $60 a year to keep having things mailed to me, but I already decline 5 percent discounts on some bills in order to keep writing checks.