Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A New Trend

It is amazing to see what an impact the United States Postal Service has had over communication. With the example set in the U.S., Europe became inspired to create such an intricate network as well. From the chapter three reading, you get a glimpse on what kind of power the news has over many important issues. Today, the news is such an incredible tool/weapon, especially in elections. Words are exchanged, and politaical digs are taking harmlessly, except when reputations are at stake, through news articles. "Take up your pen, select the most striking heresies, and cut him to pieces in the faces of the public." Starr, pg 84
This was Jefferson's quote to James Madison in regards to Alexander Hamilton. Alexander Hamilton was later killed in a duel with Aaron Burr for comments he made about him in the paper.


At 3:53 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

You are making a couple of points here. Choose one and develop it fully in a couple of paragraphs. Discuss the significance of the postal service or the importance of the press and its use as polical weapon. Both points are important, build on one at a time.

Your point about the power of personal political attack in the debates of the day is important. Is this type of political dueling necessary for real democracy?


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