The Nation



Sharing? Bah, humbug!

Re: "Renting the world: a new era dawns", Editorial; and "Materialism: a system that eats us from the inside out", Opinion; both December 14.

I found the juxtaposition of these two items fascinating. The article on materialism tells us that the obsession with getting stuff will psychologically destroy us. Your editorial cheers us with the news that we no longer have to get stuff permanently - we can also get it temporarily. Presumably this heartening innovation will psychologically destroy us only temporarily.

Your editorial also sunnily assures us that "collaborative consumption" is based on "the willingness to share". Let's not kid ourselves. It's based on the eagerness to get more stuff, even if only temporarily.

Your newspaper's enthusiasm for every passing fad (Facebook! Twitter! Instagram! iSnap! Mood meter! New apps!) would be charming if it didn't pander to narcissism and greed. And this is supposed to be a Buddhist society?

Obviously in a bad mood,

Ye Olde Curmudgeon

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