The Case Against Shar­ing:

For all its trou­bling exter­nal­i­ties, the shar­ing econ­omy is largely her­alded as a “return to the village,”…But our soci­ety is not return­ing to a past utopia of col­lec­tive social con­fi­dence and equal­ity because this utopia never existed. The shar­ing econ­omy doesn’t build trust — it trades on cul­tural homo­gene­ity and estab­lished social net­works both online and in real life. Where it builds new con­nec­tions, it often repli­cates old pat­terns of priv­i­leged access for some, and denial for others.