Danny Tyree writes about The Sharing Economy [and suggests we] proceed with caution in an amusing article in the Red Bluff Daily News. “’People globally are embracing the sharing economy.’ So says an article in the May 9 Newsweek."
I hate to rain on anyone’s parade (especially when someone else has possession of their umbrella), but a lot of things concern me.
Certainly the carbon footprint fanatics are at the forefront of this trend, but what sort of scheduling logjams will ensue when they get sharer’s remorse? "I know my 15 minutes of hugging the tree are up, but can’t I hug it just a few minutes moooooooore."
Are we really that nostalgic for the days when you had to rent the VCR as well as the Betamax movie? . . .
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Don’t get me started on Murphy’s Law. What happens when we have the inevitable software glitches? "Lady, my app says you’ve got the Shroud of Turin, a breeding pair of Yeti and an honest politician here somewhere, and I’m not letting you renege."
And the meaning of the Shroud in the Lingua Franca ? Yeti…
“Sharing economy” is a mere optimization.
The point here is not that the author is a bat*** reactionary, Ann Randian freak. It’s that the Shroud continues to seep into the culture and appears it surprising places as metaphor even.
Maybe that’s progress.
There’s an old story about the magnificent Missouri mule trainer who promised a farmer that he could train the farmer’s mule on a whisper.for $100. The farmer paid the man and brought the mule to the trainer. The trainer approached the mule with a baseball bat in his hand. “Haa,”, he whispered into the mules ear. The mule didn’t budge. He then hit the mule in the head with the baseball bat. Then he whispered again into the mule’s ear. Still the mule didn’t move. He then hit the mule again.
At this point the farmer had seen enough. “What are you doing? he yelled. “I thought you would train him to move n a whisper.!” “Oh,” the trainer repleied, “He’ll move on a whisper, but first I have to get his attention.”
What the post demonstrates, is that we are getting their attention.
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