Magazine article New Internationalist

What's Yours Is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy

Magazine article New Internationalist

What's Yours Is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy

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What's Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy by Tom Slee (OR Books, ISBN 9781682190227)

Tom Slee's book is an examination of the plethora of internet-based services that have sprung up in recent years. Poster children for an aggressive, technologydependent capitalist model, the names of these companies - Uber, Taskrabbit, Airbnb, Lyft - are an indication of their supposed dynamism and their potential to 'disrupt' the old order of traditional labour relations, workplace safety and provider-consumer contracts. Supporters of these companies point to the way they redefine the nature of the transaction between service-provider and service-user, coining the phrase 'sharing economy' for this new relationship. Surely destined to take its place alongside 'compassionate conservatism' and 'corporate ethics' as a classic oxymoron, the sharing economy claims to synthesize the profit motive with the human impulse towards generosity. …

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