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Bad Idea:
Year Wraps

An algorithmic celebration of your most depressing digital data. Words by Ed Cumming. Photograph by Max Cavallari.

Blame Spotify. If you are one of its 355 million users, then you will likely know about the end-of-year “Wrapped” roundup. Each December, a jaunty video tells you which songs and artists you listened to most in the preceding 12 months. There’s no hiding from the data. In your mind, you were listening to trap and experimental techno. In reality, you were listening to adult standards and help-me-sleep whale sounds.  Still, if you want to advertise to the world that

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Two

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