"Learning about CEO Travis Kalanick's fascination with Ayn Rand was enough to turn me off of Uber," he explained to me in an email.I asked if his strict avoidance of Uber caused any social friction; he said it didn't, because his friends don't use the app, either. "Most folks I encounter already consider Uber to be a pretty slimy company," he said.He admitted he does occasionally break his abstinence while traveling.For some of the people I spoke to, Uber merely epitomized greater concerns that the sharing economy or digital technology in general present."Really it's all about the bigger injustice of this entire system," said Heather Thompson, a 27-year-old English professor in New Jersey. "Uber just scares me because it's so popular, but people don't seem to realize how messed up the whole business model is. It's just working towards further class stratification."
"There seems to be a lot of blind trust in new apps that make something in our lives a little easier."
"The journalist stalking story was not something we should ever hear from an American company," Dr. Monya De, a journalist and medical doctor in Los Angeles told me.But for some, the reason for not using Uber has little to do with labor relations, human rights, or the company's ideology."I once threw up in an Uber," said a male 24-year-old Washington, DC resident, who asked to be anonymous, "and they charged me a hundred bucks, so fuck that company."Uber Earth is Motherboard's exploration of the ways Uber has already changed the world and how it stands to do so in the future. Follow along here.
If there is a winner in this scenario, it's Lyft