I still hate the ‘sharing economy’

By Milo Yiannopoulos on October 16th, 2013

What kind of a monster hates something as adorably lovely-sounding as the “sharing economy”? Step forward your humble correspondent, apparently. I’ve written once before on this subject for another place, after giving a brief talk at the LeWeb conference on why the sharing economy is a crock of shit – at least for consumers.

You can see the LeWeb talk below.

Very few people stand up and question this weird re-packaging of very traditional rental businesses, because the most gobby commentators all have their snouts in the trough.

Take, for example, Lisa Gansky, a speaker and author, who describes herself as “a marketect and ‘impact junky'”. I debated Ms Gansky on BBC World Service earlier this week; you can catch the audio here and I urge you to listen to it.

Gansky was completely unable to explain how the “sharing economy” differs from good old rental and, in a flap, started blithering about “climate change” and “connectedness”.

It’s astonishing to me the meaningless waffle these people get away with – and even write books about. Anyway, I’m currently putting together a longer and more thoughtful piece for Slashdot on why the sharing economy is a load of old balls. Watch this space.