A Bone to pick with Michael Wilbon
I am a regular viewer of the ESPN show, Pardon the Interruption or PTI as it is known.The program is co-hosted by Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser. The program consists of the aforementioned gentlemen good naturedly arguing and/or discussing sports and sports related issues. I have long enjoyed the show and in particular those times when their discussions meshed sports and non sports issues. Of course, there is an inherent risk in that approach.One could actually postulate on issues well beyond one’s expertise.
From my point of view that is exactly what took place on a segment that aired on either Thursday or Friday of last week. The segment was set up with the question about what person one would like to see on a postage stamp. Mr Wilbon launched his answer with a boisterous comment that “stamps are irrelevant.” At that point, I no longer cared about the rest of their ” discussion” since Mr Wilbon had ( in my mind) cast aspersions on my profession.
As a letter carrier, stamps are an integral part of what I do and I heard his statement as yet another example of bashing the postal service and sort of dismissing us completely. Dismissing the postal service dismisses its employees as well.
From my perspective, we are not totally outmoded and outdated and ready for the scrap heap. Try this thought on for size. People often complain about so-called junk mail, particularly if it is unsolicited. There is an analogy in the internet world known as spam. Which of these two, if opened, can potentially ruin your computer and potentially compromise your identity? Hint, it isn’t a letter.
A more learned source puts it this way. A recent study in the Journal of Marketing discovered that mail is the most effective means of direct advertising and is even considered less intrusive. Truly amazing, huh?
Just one last thought. This comes from a recent Verizon commercial that actually gave me a warm feeling. A person dashes to their mailbox at the end of the driveway and upon opening the door discovers a box from Verizon with their eagerly anticipated cellphone. It is hard to top the excitement of receiving that long-awaited or even expected letter or package in one’s mailbox. For me it sure beats that unexpected email.
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