Magazine August 1, 2011, Issue

Network of Me

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Last week, sitting in an airport waiting for a delayed flight, I spent some time watching the Official News Network of America’s Airports, CNN.

Somehow, CNN suits the blandly joyless surroundings of a contemporary airport. Dotting the concourse, tucked into the Wolfgang Puck Express and the Starbucks and the generic Mexican restaurant with the word “Cantina” in its name, the continuing national crisis unfolds on the screen as people go about their airport business: yelling at their kids, barking into their cellphones, flipping through Men’s Health, and furtively tucking into a Cinnabon while praying they won’t run into anyone they know.

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