The reviews editor at Pitchfork writes about the effects of streaming music on listeners and artists, the differences between passive and intentional music consumption, and the overall loss of our individual connection to music.

The more time I spend on Spotify, the more it pushes me away from the outer edges of the platform and toward the mushy middle.

Gone are the filigrees and the autobiography of the song and how it existed in the world to you, the listener. Instead, everyone’s experience is now the same.

Cheri has been an editor at Longreads since 2014. She's currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.