Why I'm Campaigning to Save the Original Social Network: The Post Office Why I'm Campaigning to Save the Original Social Network: The Post Office
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Why I'm Campaigning to Save the Original Social Network: The Post Office

by Tucker Nichols

February 16, 2013


For many years I’ve been creating art projects that depend on the postal system in order to function. With help from curator Dakin Hart, a few years ago I started Anonymous Postcard, a suggestion box for the world. More recently we launched How We Saved the Post Office, an experiment for generating more mail with the help of a print of a blue sock puppet. Both of these projects are a hybrid of digital and analog communication—a broad audience can see and learn about them online, but what they are looking at is primarily a physical thing being sent from one real place to another. I don’t expect any of these projects to make a dent in the nearly $153 billion deficit the USPS is currently running. But as long as the postal network is intact, I'm going to keep playing with it.


 
If the U.S. postal system was being unveiled today, what would you use it for? What kind of businesses might spring up to take advantage of such a vast, real world network? If we started over, would junk mail be the answer? I'm convinced we can do better.

Images in order of appearance courtesy of the New York Times; Anonymous Postcard; How We Saved the Post Office
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Why I'm Campaigning to Save the Original Social Network: The Post Office