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RibbonFarm, 3 April 2013
Last week, I figured out that I am a part-time locust. Here’s how it happened.
I was picking the brain of a restauranteur for insight into things like Groupon. He confirmed what we all understand in the abstract: that these deals are terrible for the businesses that offer them; that they draw in nomadic deal hunters from a vast surrounding region who are unlikely to ever return; that most deal-hunters carefully ensure that they spend just the deal amount or slightly more; that a badly designed offer can bankrupt a small business.
He added one little factoid I did not know: offering a Groupon deal is by now so strongly associated with a desperate, dying restaurant that professional food critics tend to write off any restaurant that offers one without even trying it.
Yet, I’ve used (and continue to use) these services and don’t feel entirely terrible about doing so, or truly complicit in the depredations of Groupon. Why? It’s because, like most of the working class, I’ve developed a locust morality.
Thinking about locusts and the behavior of customers around services like Groupon, I’ve become convinced that the phrase “sharing economy” is mostly a case of putting lipstick on a pig. What we have here is a locust economy. Let me explain what that means.
Covert use of fatal conflict to ensure vital resource management
Belief systems challenged by problematic otherness
Comprehending an elusive system of game-playing by religions
Cybernetic insights into religious system viability
Covert operation of religions collectively — and unconsciously?
Collective dependence of religions on pain and suffering
Complicity of religions in weapons manufacture and use
Human sacrifice engendered by religions collectively
Personal complicity in human sacrifice
However, observers say the emerging sector has run into some legal snags, while businesses band together to navigate regulatory grey areas
Besides personal assets, services like transport and holiday accommodation can also be made available for sharing. This idea of collaborative consumption allows individuals to buy from and sell to one another directly, saving resources and bypassing big companies.
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The sharing economy is relatively new in Singapore. So there are not many legal firms that are representing the businesses right now
Lester Kang, founding member of the Sharing Economy Association of Singapore