There’s nothing resembling a “sharing economy” in an Uber interaction. You pay a corporation to send a driver to you, and it pays that driver a variable weekly wage. Sharing can really only refer to one of three occurrences. It can mean giving something away as a gift, like: “Here, take some of my food.” It can describe allowing someone to temporarily use something you own, as in: “He shared his toy with his friend.” Or, it can refer to people having common access to something they collectively own or manage: “The farmers all had an ownership share in the reservoir and shared access to it.”
Reversing the Lies of the Sharing Economy
Brett Scott
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While you’re entirely correct, you’re also assuming — inaccurately — that the term “ridesharing” is still commonly used. It’s not, aside from the most colloquial sense. The AP Style Guide, which most formal media outlets continue to use, struck it entirely a couple of years ago, instead suggesting that the media refer to it as “ride-hailing” (and Uber and Lyft as “ride-hailing apps”).

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