On Algorithmic Time
Time is not my own,
yet it is mine alone.
for the railroads speeding capital.
Time rationalized, coordinated after
Greenwich, the empire, long before
time turned atomic.
“Newton, forgive me,”
time is not universal or absolute.
Now time is personalized, neoliberal.
Annihilating space and time? Panic!
Personal timelines disturb our sense
of time, space, and each other.
No longer linear, time is sorted
on the edges: affinity, weight, decay;
optimized for: reach,
engagement, impressions, eyeballs,
mouse hover, thumbstopper.
constantly, accounting for micro signals
and inferred interests,
without a chance to sort yourself.
Relativity in the extreme,
objective ordering of subjective experience
varies from app to app, person to person —
Zuckerberg’s Theory of Relevancy.
Time gestures no longer a flick of the wrist,
a wind of the crown,
but a swipe, a pull to refresh
an infinite scroll
closed loop of algorithmic time —