dwelling with Keanu at the airport
I recently wrote about the concept of "dwell time" at airports, for Slate's "Future Tense" series.
I also wrote about poor cell signals on airplanes parked at the gate, for The Atlantic.
Below are some paragraphs that didn't make it into the latter piece; they can live here:
Picture , or . These diagrams show that what humans are part of is never simply local, nor just abstractly global. Each connection made or missed, each signal attained or dropped, is part of a much larger structure—and the necessary free play involved therein. For it all to work, there are going to be places where it fails, where slippage can occur. This is terrifying to think of with respect to flight; less so, if more aggravating, to think about in relation to cell service. Together, though, they illuminate this massive process and the complex systems we’re all a part of.