April Rinne (@aprilrinne) tweeted at 7:19 AM – 1 Feb 2017 :
From groins to alcoholics to caring: a brief history of the word “sharing.” Fascinating read! https://t.co/kcH7EwKBjk#sharingeconomy (http://twitter.com/aprilrinne/status/826797091393589248?s=17)
The earliest use of the word sharing – the Old English “scearu” – *referred to the groin, where the trunk of the body divides into two legs. In the sixteenth century, sharing meant cutting into parts, or cutting off. This sense of division is central to the early meaning of sharing, and also to our naive understanding of the concept: **Sharing is when you let others have some of what’s yours.
in ref to *body analogy.. legs both belong to entire body.. or to no one..
so.. *sharing when you share.. no..? assuming yours ness or letting ness is privilege.. un human\e constitutional.. which is a pretty big deal if we’re defining sharing.. turning it into a market/ownership thing.. makes it.. not sharing..
19th cent – sharing problems was rooted in the sense of sharing as distribution: Sharing the problem meant dividing it, and thus lightening the burden
1922 – sit together in someone’s parlour or drawing room and confess their sins to one another. They called this “sharing.”
Today “sharing” is not only the kind of talk we find in support groups, but also refers to intimate communication. While the roots of this go back a century or so, this meaning became extremely widespread during the 1970s and ’80s with the rise of what we might call therapy culture and the spread of the belief that the key to self-understanding and healthy relationships lay in the authentic communication of one’s feelings and inner self to significant others. This is when “sharing” became linked to “caring.”
Today, the word sharing has a range of meanings and contexts of use that play off one another: it describes our participation in social media; it refers to a new kind of economy; and it is the type of talk on which our close relationships are based. It is also a site of struggle: witness, for instance, the arguments over whether the sharing economy really involves sharing (likewise file sharing).
Language is dynamic and the meanings of words can be fluid. Time will tell whether the concept of sharing will expand to include interactions based on payment (there are signs that this is happening), or whether its meanings will be restricted to what people today consider to be true sharing.
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zoom dance ness… in order to hasten/make change – beyond a dollar each ness
intrinsic – 10 day care
an absolutely splendid article from Brett Scott about why the sharing economy is not about sharing at all, in which he explains what true sharing actually entails:
thanks to Jennifer Sertl for the hint
It’s a new mentality that needs building. In a world where we’re told to be grateful receivers of products and the opportunity to work on them from heroic, demigod CEOs allegedly “democratizing” the workscape, we need to see straighter and expect more