Print media are not having a good century.
Bookstores are closing. Newspapers are shrinking. And (not) coming soon to a mailbox near you: Cards and letters on Saturdays.
The US Postal Service has announced -- the press release carries a cheery headline about a "new" schedule -- that it will eliminate the sixth day of deliveries of first-class mail, except for packages, beginning August 5. The move, or re-move, is supposed to save the private agency $2 billion annually.
Others assailed the plan. Vintage U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ issued a statement calling it "unfortunate" and saying "serious questions remain as to whether piecemeal efforts like this one will do anything to secure [its] long-term viability." And U.S. Sen. Bernie Saunders, the venerable socialist from Vermont, vowed to fight the re-move.
But anyone hoping social media would provide a protest platform may be disappointed: At 7:45 AM Thursday a Facebook group, "Keep Saturday Mail Delivery," had just 17 members.
UPDATED AT 7:45 AM THURSDAY