By Channing Ritter
The World Atlas of Class Connectivity charts a new social hierarchy—one in which levels of connectivity—determined by factors of both accessibility and lifestyle—become the new global identifier in place of nation, race, or blood.
In the same way that different cultures have different attitudes towards a desirable pace of living, each connectivity class has its own perceived notions of space and time.
For the most connected, geography is dead. Time becomes obsolete. Imagine a calendar day determined not by the sun, but by the market. If the market never sleeps, is it possible that we won’t either?
A calendar day is determined by the number of people online at any particular time. If enough users are online, it is considered “day,” if not, “night.” This system of time keeping allows for a variable length of day—some days begin and end while the sun is high in the sky, others persist through many cycles of light and dark.
The World Atlas of Class Connectivity examines a new set of tools—the clocks, calendars, and maps—that we can use to orient ourselves in the Networked world.