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Lost Between the Cushions: CouchSurfing’s Identity Crisis

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The culture of sharing your house and goodwill in hopes of getting a social return may be at risk due to growth and rude people.

Via The Connectivist:

Is trusting a stranger’s Internet profile still a safe and meaningful way to travel?

Florian, a 44-year old German man, felt used and taken advantage of by the stranger in his house. For a week, the stranger came and went as if he owned the place, returning late at night and making no time at all for the distraught Florian. Hardly any dialogue or intimacy was shared between the two. Florian, deeply distressed, complained that he and the stranger had “almost no opportunity to eat together or really get to know each other.”

Such are not the ways of CouchSurfing.

The Internet has a history of providing safe havens for new social, economical, and scientific experiments, like Bitcoin or downloadable vaccines. But what happens when they get too big for their boots?

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The Creative Living Of Freegans

Via the Subculture Club, a look at the philosophy and existence of a few New York City freegans, revealing a world of adventure behind every meal:
Freeganism is creative living outside of capitalism. Free from the oppression of the wage slave economy, and free in that you're not paying for things, not participating in a moneyed economy.
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