“This is why algorithmic time is so …

“This is why algorithmic time is so disorienting and why it bends your mind,” writes Katherine Miller (via Alan Jacobs). “[W]e operate inside a technological experience that moves forward and back, and pulls you with it.” As good an explanation as any I could come up with for why I’m struggling with Instagram now that the algorithm is pushing hard into my feed; it bends my mind to the breaking point. It’s akin to being unstuck in time(lines) like some social media Billy Pilgrim, dragged back and forth against my will. My particular autistic (and anxious, and OCD) brain needs predictability and control. It currently literally hurts to look at my Instagram feed. Adam Mosseri once told Wired, “We will make decisions that hurt the business if they’re good for people’s well-being and health.” If he truly intends “to reduce anxiety” on the platform, brains like mine require a chronological feed.

Author: Bix

The unsupported use case of a mediocre, autistic midlife in St. Johns, Oregon —now with added global pandemic.