Archive for November, 2011

documentary project

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

So, I have made my first documentary.  I thought this was a fun, new and interesting project to do.  Being history majors, we never do things like this and it was god to look at history from a different perspective and seeing how certain things have changed over time due to technological developments.  The project was more time-consuming than I had originally anticipated and I think that was mainly due to the editing.  That took the most time and was difficult for some who were not very technologically savvy.  I think if there was a way to have a similar project with not as much technological knowledge need, it could have been more effective.  It was different gathering information for this project because we were forced to look at it differently and almost put our on spin on it while we were filming the movie.  This project was fun, new and different and could be even more effective for future students if the reliance on technology could be dwindled.

Postal Service documentary

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
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Brewer, Howard. 2011. Interview by Andrew Frisk. Fredericksburg, VA. November 9.

Baver, Jackie. 2011. Interview by Riley Baver. Fredericksburg, VA. November 10.

A Postal Primer: Key Issues Affecting the Future of the United States Postal System.” Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service. January 2010.

http://www.bipac.net/21st_postal/21st_Century_Postal_Primer.pdf

Crew, Michael A. “Privatize and Commercialize.” New York Times, 29 November 2009.

http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/in-rain-in-snow-but-not-on-…

Geddes, R. Richard. “Policy Watch: Reform of the U.S. Postal Service.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 19, no. 3 (Summer 2005): 217-232. Found at JSTOR.

http://www.jstor.org.ezproxy.umw.edu:2048/stable/pdfplus/4134981.pdf?acceptTC…

Geddes, Rick. “Better than a Bailout.” New York Times, 29 November 2009.

http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/in-rain-in-snow-but-not-on-…

Goldway, Ruth Y. “A Thorough Review.” New York Times, 29 November 2009.

http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/in-rain-in-snow-but-not-on-…

Greenhouse, Steven. “Postal Service is Nearing Default as Losses Mount.” New York Times, September 4, 2011.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/business/in-internet-age-postal-service-str… stay-solvent-and-relevant.html?_r=3&hp

“In Rain, in Snow, but not on Saturdays?” New York Times, 29 November 2009.

http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/in-rain-in-snow-but-not-on-…

Issa, Darrell. “Sorting Out the Postal Services Future.” Washington Times, September 23, 2011.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/23/sorting-out-the-postal-servic…

Ko, Vanessa. “How Will the U.S. Postal Service’s Impending Cutbacks Affect You?” Time September 16, 2011. http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/09/16/how-will-the-u-s-postal- services-impending-cutbacks-affect-you/

Orlando, Fredric V. “Other Alternatives.” New York Times, 29 November 2009.

http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/in-rain-in-snow-but-not-on-…

Weiss, Jeffrey. “Better Choices.” New York Times, 29 November 2009.

http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/in-rain-in-snow-but-not-on-…

Haq, Husna. “US Postal Service seeks reprieve from Congress to avert ‘default’.” Christian Science Monitor, September 06, 2011., N.PAG, Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed November 6, 2011).

Haq, Husna. “Crunch time at US Postal Service: Five questions about post office closings.” Christian Science Monitor, September 06, 2011., N.PAG, Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed November 6, 2011).

Grygo, Eugene. “Postal Service delivers online.” Infoworld 21, no. 52/01 (December 27, 1999): 1. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed November 6, 2011).

Rush, Tonda. “The future of newspapers & postal service.” Editor & Publisher 130, no. 28 (July 12, 1997): 3. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed November 6, 2011).

Runyon, Marvin. “No one moves the mail like the U.S. Postal Service.” Vital Speeches Of The Day 61, no. 2 (November 1994): 52. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed November 6, 2011).

Hudgins, Edward L. , ed. The Last Monopoly: Privatizing the Postal Service for the Information Age (Washington D.C.: Cato Institute, 1996).

 

The meat of the documentary

Friday, November 11th, 2011

This weeek, we nailed down all our ideas for our documentary and began filming.  We are just about done with that process and will then move onto the editing.  We chose to write out a basic script and then stick to that as closely as we could while filming.  While writing, I was amazed about the dire financial state of the postal service.  I knew things were bad, but I did not know how many billions of dollars in the red they are and despite this, not much seems to be getting done about cost cutting!  We had a great interview with a friend of Patrick’s who has worked for the postal service for 26 years and he really shed some light on the struggles as well as how the service is struggling to keep up with new forms of electronic communication.  He realizes the advantages of these quicker forms of communication and that the postal service needs drastic changes.  Doing the research for this project has been incredibly interesting and I had no idea the postal service was doing this poorly and based of this, I do not think they will be able to survive.

project update

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Our group has decided to change our project from the rise of smart-phones to a topic more accessible; the postal service.  As many of us have seen the postal service has been struggling in the last few years and we are going to look at these struggles and then compare them to much easier forms of communication like e-mail.  This sounds like a very interesting topic to us because it is something we deal with constantly.  We often send e-mails, use our smart phones for accessing information and the postal service is not as integral of a part as it was in our parents lives.  For our documentary, we are going to interview a postal worker and see what he thinks about the struggles as well as some of our parents to see their views on these new means of communicatoin and what it was like when they were growing up.  We hope these two different perspectives about the postal service will be effective in showing its struggles.