The Sharing Economy Is About Desperation
J Thoendell stashed this in Tech
A narrative about labor-market weakness isn't as uplifting as one about strangers learning to trust enough other with the help of ride-sharing apps. But it's a necessary piece of the puzzle. Tools that help people trust in the kindness of strangers might be the thing pushing hesitant sharing-economy participants over the threshold to adoption. But what's getting them to the threshold in the first place is a damaged economy, and harmful public policy that has forced millions of people to look to odd jobs for sustenance.
This is an important article. It speaks to the darker, exploitative side of the Sharing Economy.
Let's stop calling it the Sharing Economy. It's the Renting Economy now.