oh the humanity

People of the Northeast Corridor, the Media Has Heard Your ‘Silent, Hash-Tagged Screams’

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: People board an Amtrak train at Penn Station on February 8, 2011 in New York City. Amtrak, a government-owned corporation, has joined up with New Jersey’s two U.S. senators to propose a new rail link to New York City under the Hudson River. The “Gateway Project”, which was formally proposed on Monday, would include two tunnels under the Hudson River and increase the train traffic under the river from 62 trains per day to 92 and cost an estimated $13.5 billion. This plan is looked at as an alternative after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie killed another rail link plan last year after he deemed it too costly to New Jersey residents. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/2011 Getty Images

Finally, finally, finally, journalistic attention is being paid to a crucial human-rights violation: The New York Times reports that Amtrak’s WiFi network is spotty, and sometimes train riders are left clutching little more than a pathetic, 3G-equipped iPhone from which to tweet— nay, to issue “silent, hash-tagged screams” — about their deprivation, when they’re lucky enough to be near a cellular tower, that is. Our thoughts are with you, brave ones.

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