Although there has been ample amount of subjects covered in Paul Starr’s The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communication, I realized that there wasn’t much to say about small businesses trying to take over the post office and their services too much. There was only a small section of it that was very lightly touched upon in a sentence on page 38 of his book. (At least when talking about England). It references that a man named William Dockwra had started a penny post in London, but it had been taken over by the post office some two years after he begun it, but not much else on the matter.  I wonder why that there wasn’t more talk about companies trying to privatize the postal system to make money for themselves. It couldn’t have been an idea that somebody hadn’t thought of before.
In the world that we live in today, especially the capitalistic one that Americans are so used to, it’s hard not to think about how people hadn’t wanted to capitalize more on the postal system when it had begun, so long ago, for personal profit. Is it just me having a very modern way of thinking that finds it hard to believe that not once was somebody willing to fight for the right to profit off of the post? I mean we live in a world where the institution of medicine is both in a public and private domain. A lot of hospitals are non-profit and don’t turn people away, or people are able to get health insurance because the government will supply it for them. Yet, there is the flip side where some hospitals are for-profit and then you also have private persons that are able to create a drug that could help with life threatening allergic reactions (*cough* EpiPen *cough*) or that could help with AIDS (*cough* Marin Shkreli *cough*). So the government can help with health care one way but not the other… Why isn’t it the same with the post office?
The post office is completely run by the government. I understand that there are laws in place that make it so, but how were they made? Why was it so important that the government make laws that made the post office completely government controlled? Were there ever lawsuits or protests by any of the entrepreneurs that had wished for their own way of using the postal system for their own profits and benefits? Were these people paid off, or did their governments simply stamp them out (pun intended)?
I feel like there was so much information about the creation of the postal systems regarding trade and laws past for it, but not exactly how people may have viewed it as a way of income. It would’ve been really cool to learn about instances where people were maybe able to skip around the law and create their own ‘branches’ of services, or if there had ever been an attempt to do so. Even if we had learned more about the one instance on William Dockwra’s failed attempt to do just that. How did it come down to the post office taking control of his penny post business? Was it by legal means or business means? Was there instances in which the post office had attempted to help pay people to set up their own postal businesses to get the whole system expanded, and then swoop in and take it away?
It’s all so interesting to me that there wasn’t much more of this type of thing mentioned. Sure, it was mentioned, but I would’ve liked discussing it a bit more in depth.
 Paul Starr, The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communication. New York: Basic Books, 2006.