The Digital Slaveclass brought on by the sharing economy

Me when I was living in Tulum, Mexico. Look at my pretty eyes and mosquito bites.

Me when I was living in Tulum, Mexico. Look at my pretty eyes and mosquito bites.

I bought my Airstream camper almost a year ago. Did I need it? Probably not. So now, I have this non-income producing asset sitting in my driveway that's costing me money.

Not smart.

The camper industry as a whole is not in the business of selling campers. They are in the business of selling fantasy. They sell you on the fantasy that you're going to use it and then you don't.

I mean, I use mine, but it costs a lot of money when I do. It's almost not worth it.

You have lots of digital nomads that live out of them these days, traveling about the country dopamine chasing while they occasionally work. Contrary to popular belief, living out of a camper is not really cheaper, it's just different.

The cost of getting from place to place is the major expense, combined with ongoing maintenance that really just exchanges one set of problems for another. I talk about this in some of my other blog posts and videos, about the fact that problems really don't go away as you travel like some people think they do.

The point is that I was thinking of renting it out on Air BNB because, I don't really want to sell it. I like having the extra space to create, but again, it just sits there other than that.

I'm hesitant though, because I did put it on Air BNB before and the first guest I had in it broke the toilet and put the camper out of commission for several months. Even after it was at the dealership, they still didn't fix the problem, so I was left having this badass new camper that requires me to utilize the on off valve every time I want to use the toilet.

That's the reality of the situation.

What makes me not want to do it is not even that, but the sting associated with having an Air BNB house before. At that house, there were always issues. It was like half of the guests were good and the other half were a total pain in the ass. To maintain a competitive edge though, you have to be accessible to these people. I'm all about customer service and I do believe it's critical, but the problem is that it's not the business I want to be in. It requires me to interface with people that I normally wouldn't, all as a result of the digital plantation, in my opinion.

These systems connect people that are not supposed to be interfacing with one another, just like social media or dating apps.

While that may be on the really extreme end of the spectrum it's true to a certain extent. If not because the wrong people are being connected, because it's turning all these unused resources into another digital cornfield where we're your expected to till the land.

So maybe a more accurate definition would be that it is creating a digital sharecropping system.

Yeah! That's what it is. You are a digital sharecropper. Basically you get to stay there and use the land but ultimately the man is who benefits. There are people that benefit from these platforms but it's not who you think. It's the system's owners and the people that own massive amounts of properties that are managed by low paid employees. Sound familiar? Think about it, who makes money in agriculture? The big ass commercial farms that own tons of land do, not farmer Joe. Farmer Joe has to pay the bank (the system) for the land that he gets to till. So Farmer Joe is basically an Uber Driver.

You can take it on your own to try out these platforms. It's not my intention to discourage you from trying it out, but that has just been my experience based on experience, so I wanted to communicate that to you.