While listening to the podcast, I found myself mostly agreeing with the dissent’s arguments made by Milo Yiannopoulos. I agreed that some of the sharing economy sectors, specifically the Airbnb, seemed potentially dangerous for both consumer and lender. As Yiannopoulos said, you don’t know who you’re dealing with. Regarding the Airbnb, for all intensive purposes you are blindly going into someone else’s home. On the other hand, the lender has no idea who is entering their home, and what they will do there.
There were times that I agreed with April Rinne’s arguments. I agree that people should have access to goods without ownership. For example, I understand a student using a Zipcar, or a city resident renting one for a weekend trip. It is cost saving because a car is not essential in their everyday lives. But, for someone who does need a car more often than not, I am curious if the cost of owning a vehicle will still be greater than the cost of using a Zipcar.
In my opinion, many of the programs spoken about such as Zipcar and Capital Bike Share seemed to be rental agencies. I did not feel the idea of a sharing economy is something new, the exception being Airbnb. At the same time, I know plenty of people who rent out their lake houses in the Finger Lakes for various time periods when they are not there. While they are posing the same risks as the Airbnb hosts of having random people come into their homes, in most cases the family renting has been recommended by a friend, or has interviewed with the owners.
I would participate in certain sectors of the sharing economy such as renting a bike or car. This is not a new industry though. Rentals have been going on for a long time. One thing that I would never participate in is the Airbnb. I personally find it sketchy and would never enter into a random persons home without knowing them. While it was argued that dangerous issues may occur in a hotel setting also, I still feel much more at ease at a Major hotel, where it is someone’s job to secure my stay. At a hotel I do not fear someone coming into my room in the middle of the night. Maybe its the fact that I’ve seen the movie Taken a few times too many, but all I imagine is someone who has keys coming into the home and things ending very poorly for the renter.