Transcendence of the Postal System Essay

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The Transcendence of the Postal System

Park University

CS 300

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Table of Contents ……………………………………………………………………………… .2
Introduction………………………………………………………………………….. 3
The Postal System………………………………………………………………………….. 4
Email………………………………………………………………………….. 7
Challenge………………………………………………………………………….. 10
Conclusion………………………………………………………………………….. 11
Works Cited………………………………………………………………………….. 14 INTRODUCTION It was a very long day at work. As I pull into the driveway I realized no one was at home. I looked at my phone and noticed my wife left me an e-mail letting me know that she and the kids would be delayed. I open the door and Jack, my golden retriever, is nearly doing cartwheels
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Throughout its history the postal system has used different modes of transportation to deliver the mail. From horseback and ships to vehicles and aircraft, the postal system has a long history of ensuring it lives up to its alleged motto – yes alleged.
The U.S. Postal Service has no official motto. (USPS) However, it does have an interesting history. Although I can discuss the evolution of message delivery from ancient times, I will summarize the history of our postal system from its conception by Ben Franklin, to the Pony Express, to its present day form. The mail system in itself was viewed as an impressive innovation during its inception. However, as Neil Postman stated in his article, Five Things We Need to Know about Technological Change, “…for every advantage a new technology offers, there is always a corresponding disadvantage.” (DePalma) I will show how one author attributes this innovation of the postal system to the advent of one of the saddest times in our U.S. history – The Civil War. (John)
From that shameful time, the system evolved with certain unique iterations. But one of the more impactful innovations of our time was the creation of email from its simple beginnings in the ARPANET. This mode of communication, as you will see was an unexpected creation. A creation which subsequently, changed the way our society communicates. The metamorphosis in the way we

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