1. Exquisite Tweets from @tomcoates, @tomskitomski, @johnallsopp

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    Tom Coates

  2. @tomskitomski Oh that reminds me, “The sharing economy isn’t about sharing” is on my list too :D

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    Tom Coates

  3. @tomcoates I think you'll find @MTBracken said "The sharing economy is anything but" Which is shorter.

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    Tom Loosemore

  4. @tomskitomski @MTBracken Still think it’s bit of a weird truism that obfuscates as much as it reveals.

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    Tom Coates

  5. @tomcoates how/why/when the phrase "the sharing economy" entered general use is the interesting bit. See also, "enhanced interrogation"

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    Tom Loosemore

  6. @tomskitomski I dunno, it just seems like a cheap shot - the early aspirations of people not having to each have a car because they can...

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    Tom Coates

    @tomskitomski … access each other’s cars as and when needed, with everyone sort of equal and collaborating in communitarian bliss...

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    @tomskitomski was pretty clearly overblown - and instead it has ended up being companies owning the things with much more flexible renting

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    @tomskitomski but still a lot of people have access to services—and yes, paid work—they wouldn’t have had before because people’s ...

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    @tomskitomski … spare rooms, spare time, unused cars etc, can be opened up and actually make them money.

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    @tomskitomski Uber sits there at the top of the pile being quite an unpleasant company, souring the whole area, but even they pay people

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    Tom Coates

    @tomskitomski I feel like there’s something quite unsettling about middle class anxiety about things like Uber and the gig economy.

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    Tom Coates

    @tomskitomski Like they’ve just found out that lots of people have pretty fucking awful jobs and not much money.

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    @tomskitomski You know, you work in a supermarket warehouse, or pushing trolleys around a carpark or on a production line, or as a cleaner

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    @tomskitomski (Many of those jobs I’ve had, but always with a sense that I could and would escape from them because I was educated)

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    @tomskitomski And suddenly you actually do have the flexibility to make some cash on the side by driving a car, and to control your hours

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    @tomskitomski All I’m saying, I guess, is that ‘the sharing economy is anything but’ feels like instinctive revulsion, not actual thought.

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    @tomskitomski Not actually figuring out if actual people really do find it a decent way to make some money from their time / stuff

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    @tomskitomski As well as whether or not all the companies need to be tarred with the same brush as Uber.

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    Tom Coates

  7. @tomcoates Thesis: wasn't those w/o economic power who do the sharing. It was those looking for political cover against regulating monopoly.

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    Tom Loosemore

  8. @tomskitomski I don't think that's true. The word and the idea was out there and I think with Airbnb genuinely felt

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    Tom Coates

  9. @tomcoates @tomskitomski is argue Airbnb is different from most 'sharing' economy businesses. Most are about labor. It's about assets

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    John Allsopp

  10. @johnallsopp @tomskitomski There were car sharing ones too, lots of them actually. They just weren't the ones that thrived on the whole

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    Tom Coates

  11. @tomcoates @tomskitomski cars as profit making capital investment are unusual. Houses less so. For ordinary folk.

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