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Everything is popular and it's all terrible

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Can something be both popular and good? The New York Times Magazine considers the state of pop culture and the innumerable ways that Netflix, Spotify, and legions of others dissect and quantify popularity. Are we better off in a world where there can never be another Thriller? And what does popularity really mean when Harlem Shake, the soundtrack to a viral video craze that's probably best forgotten, is determined to be the most popular song in the country? Says writer Adam Sternbergh, "a landscape that once featured a few unavoidable monoliths of popularity is now dotted with a multitude of lesser monuments, too many to keep track of, let alone celebrate."