Article: The tyrannies of collaborative consumption

I published a short article on the collaborative consumption/ sharing economony  in Disover Society, entitled The tyrannies of collaborative consumption.

Publication Date: February 15, 2014

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CC platforms do not promote trust between people, between citizens or between strangers. CC is held together by reputation capital, which CC advocates hope will aggregate across multiple forms of collaborative consumption. While social sharers are likely to trust each other, and accept risks and make sacrifices on each other’s behalf without expecting any return, reputation is often about control and discipline. The person whose reputation is damaged on a platform faces demotion and an immediate fall in income.  At Lyft, users must have background checks, credit cards, Facebook accounts, GPS capabilities on their phone and good ratings. Trust, indeed!