Postal Neutrality

This editorial in the Boston Globe and another in the Seattle Times came out over a week ago, but I missed them until today. Apparently publishers of smaller-circulation magazines (such as The Nation, American Spectator) will pay cripplingly high postal rates – and Time Warner publications will get a special deal.

This seems like a issue libraries should be interested in. I don’t know how scholarly journals might be affected, but it sounds as if they might be. Even more troubling, this is one more way that corporate greed is chipping away at pluralistic discourse in this country, as in offering special access to the Internet and slower delivery for the rest of us.

You can sign a petition if you’re so inclined. I did.

Author: Barbara Fister

I'm an academic librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Like all librarians at our small, liberal arts institution I am involved in reference, collection development, and shared management of the library. My area of specialization is instruction, with research interests also in media literacy, popular literacy, publishing, and assessment.

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