One of the more perverse features of social media is that it often produces the opposite of its stated intentions. It claims to bring us closer together; it leaves us divided and angry. It professes to be a transmitter of knowledge; it has convinced your grandfather that Bill Gates is Satan incarnate. And, while social media aims to be a supportive space, its relentless cheeriness often curdles into something sinister—a monomaniacal valorization of good vibes above all else. Now, there’s This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 48 Correction: Gratitude Journals On the downside of only seeing the good side. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Jenny Odell The acclaimed author in search of lost time. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Amalie Smith The Danish arts writer finding clarity between the lines. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Ryan Heffington Meet the man bringing choreography, community and queer joy to the desert. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Nell Wulfhart Advice from a decision coach.