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Airbnb: Don't call it 'sharing'
Airbnb: Don't call it 'sharing'

To the editor: Perhaps it is just semantics, but I bristle whenever I hear Airbnb (and other similar businesses) referred to as examples of our "sharing economy." ("Santa Monica council votes 7-0 to crack down on Airbnb," May 12) This is not to take away from Airbnb and its benefits to all involved, but when I was in kindergarten I was taught by word and deed that sharing is not about profiting. An online community in which no money or goods are exchanged, but instead in which one opens his or her home to another, would be sharing. There is nothing wrong with paying for the use of another's home, room, bicycle or car when it is not being used by the owner. But it...

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