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XXIII.3 May + June 2016
Page: 20
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Experience uber alles?


Authors:
Jonathan Bean

I used Uber for the first time this past winter. I was in Montreal, visiting a colleague; it was cold and wet, and we were running a bit late for an appointment. Up until that point, I had been a self-styled conscientious objector to this particular manifestation of the so-called sharing economy. As has been pointed out, the sharing descriptor is a misnomer, at least as it’s been applied so far [1]. Platforms such as TaskRabbit, Uber, and Lyft are not as much about sharing as they are about offloading the costs of running a business, such as retirement taxes…




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