Jean Lievens: Sharing Economy Sucking Chest Wounds…

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Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

The Unbearable Loneliness Of The Sharing Economy

by Brian S Hall

August 25th, 2014

The sharing economy promises the potential for riches, personal empowerment, new modes of work, and fear, the kind of fear that swells from a livelihood dependent upon algorithms, star ratings, and the feedback of strangers.

When we imagined the future, certainly starting from the point when the smartphone was born, few of us expected a world where in-kind tips and real time number crunching might determine where we live, how well we ate, the size of our home, the composition of our dearest friends.

Of course, in a world where billions are virtually connected, all fighting over the same job, the same task, the same dollars to be made by sharing our rooms, our cars, our talents, can we have any real friends? Or does everyone morph into some 21st century amalgamation of customer-competitor?

The billions of dollars fueling Uber, Airbnb and the sharing economy appears to generate as much fear as it does potential, and rightly or no, the great minds and deep pockets of Silicon Valley are failing to address these fears.

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Phi Beta Iota: The “sharing economy” is a lovely way to destroy any possibility of labor being organized, sucking the blood out of the desperate at the author so nicely puts it, leaving behind an empty shell. The 1% are BURNING the seed corn — they could never eat a fraction of what they have — and the 99% persist in being uninformed, disorganized, and victimized. Mutuality Economics is the anti-dote.

See Especially:

Mutuality Economics @ Phi Beta Iota

See Also:

Collaborative Economy @ Phi Beta Iota

Sharing Economy @ Phi Beta Iota