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YouTube Subway Videos and the Search for the Sublime

Screen Time is Slate’s pop-up blog about children’s TV, everywhere kids see it. The train is late again. One after another, waiting passengers wander up to the yellow line and lean out a bit to peer into the tunnel. The tunnel doesn’t answer back. Finally, the distant sound of clunking metal crescendos into a deafening rail squeal. The Q has arrived. The doors open (“bing bong!”), and a crowd pours out of the overstuffed car while other passengers push their way in.
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