To Uber or Not to Uber?
To Uber, or not to Uber – is that the question?
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The stench and delays of public transit,
Or to put one’s feet against bicycle pedals,
And by pedaling, get there? To Uber, to Lyft –
No more, but by not Ubering do we end
Our complicity in the thousand unnatural shocks
Kalanick is prone to? ‘tis a conundrum
Deeply to be weighed. To Uber, to Lyft,
To cab, perchance to get there: Aye, there’s the rub,
For in unregulated cars, what nightmares may come,
When we have shuffled off the dreaded subway,
Must give us pause. There’s the expense
That makes Calamity of our wallets:
Who would bear the two-dollar fares of transit,
Or Uber’s Surge Pricing, the rich man’s enrichment,
The stink of despiséd cabs, the Law’s fawning,
The insolence of Travis, and odd turns
That drivers reliant on GPS take,
When you yourself might your destination make
With your own two feet (for free)? And how do Uber(X) drivers bear
To stop and go for such a petty price,
But for the dread of being unemployed?
The underemployed driver, from whose car
Most Travelers return, meets the need,
And makes us rather use the apps we have,
Than fly to others that we know not of.
But Conscience should make Bikers of us all,
And thus the Pasty Hue of the chauffeured
Is covered o’er, with the decent sweat of Riding,
And calf muscles of great size and definition,
So that Uber VCs go apeshit
And pull the font of funding. Pedal now,
You Uber-abandoner, and by thy miles
Be thy Uber sins forgiven.
TL;DR: An Uber exec proposed doxxing journalists who criticize the company. He later apologized, but Uber has a history of looking at journalists’ Uber records, anyway. The news caused a flurry of promises to uninstall the app, but it seems like the outrage is a bit delayed given the company’s long record of underpaying workers, sabotaging competitors, sexualizing women, and raking in dough. Folks were okay with all this, but drew the line at revealing journalists’ information? The doxxing suggestions was reprehensible, but I guess it just took a direct near-threat to wake people up to what Uber is really all about (money, if it ain’t clear).
Anyway: biking, for those who can, is a good alternative, as is public transit. (And my apologies to Shakespeare.)