I'm so glad @johnnymac wrote this article on why we DON'T need a version of Uber/Lyft! I've been pushing back on the idea for years, so I'm glad to find I'm not the only one.


@GuerillaOntologist @johnnymac

I think that anyone who refers to User/Lyft as ridesharing (quote above the article"[Editor's note: for further information about the ridesharing business model of Uber and Lyft ..." is being intellectually lazy or dishonest.

The main article refers to them correctly as taxicabs.

@yojimbo @johnnymac
I personally wrote that editor's note. Thanks for the feedback. Adding scarequotes to "ridesharing" now.

@GuerillaOntologist @johnnymac Ah, OK. Somehow giving annoyed feedback sounds much more inappropriate when you're talking to the person who actually wrote the original. Apologies if I could have worded that better! And thanks for making the change :-)

@GuerillaOntologist @johnnymac So, for a little more context, while the users of Uber use it like a taxicab service, the "ridesharing" phrase is used to suggest that the driver might just be an ordinary person travelling to work, who decides to see if anyone is going the same way ... (I actually know one person who sometimes does this!)

Unfortunately the obligations placed on drivers are so high that the casual, co-operative aspect of ridesharing is overwhelmed by the gig economy work-like-a-slave environment.

One of the biggest differences between ridesharing and taxicabbing, is that in ridesharing there are no extra vehicles on the road, and they have higher occupancy; in taxicabbing there are more vehicles on the road waiting for work, and for much of the time they only have a driver.

poparide.com/blog/ridesharing- has a more detailed similar take on the subject.


@yojimbo @johnnymac
I've been saying ever since the "sharing economy" became a buzzword that it's not *sharing* if you charge money for it...I mean, assuming words actually have meanings.

And, fwiw, we've had a real ride-sharing board at our local Uni forever. Plenty of students, and some non-students, do actually share rides (generally long distance, going home for holidays, etc) and it looks nothing like Uber.

We're all agreed, I think, Uber sucks and is not "sharing."

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