Each week, we share the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of December 10th 2018.
Why we love Spotify’s Wrapped
More than 83 million Spotify users were recently invited to use the music-streaming service’s annual Wrapped tool to get a breakdown of their individual listening history for the year. Turns out, we all love the stories that our music tells about us.
→ Read it on The Atlantic
My life with Super Smash Bros
For nearly two decades, Nintendo’s fighting game franchise has remained largely the same, allowing it to fit into our lives as necessary. This game is not art but it is perfect.
→ Read it on The Outline
Why we all take the same travel photos
Tourists can’t help themselves, wandering from one attraction to the next, taking the same photos of Buckingham Palace or the Golden Gate Bridge.
→ Read it on Wired
How anthologies became the Tinder of TV
Shows such as Black Mirror have revived the format, which gives us more viewing freedom. But is a lack of consistency the price we pay?
→ Read it on The Guardian
The popularity of the trippy festival
Music festivals have always been the bedrock of psychedelic drug taking. Now psychedelic-themed festivals have reached a new high, as more people search for meaning away from their nine-to-five lives.
→ Read it on Vice
In your earbuds: Hit Parade
What makes a song a smash? Talent? Luck? Timing? All that—and more. Chris Molanphy, pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history.
→ Listen to it on Player.FM
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