When did sharing get such a bad rap? The Swashbuckler can remember a time when sharing was a virtue. He remembers gazing up, through his black slitted mask, at his kindergarten teacher, nodding approvingly when he shared with friends.
What happened? When did people start getting sued for a billion dollars by mega-corporations for sharing? Inspired by recent controversies in the world of sharing (see Richard MacManus, and everyone else), the Swashbuckler is inclined to offer his own highly developed thinking on the subject.
Sharing involves a certain etiquette. For it to be uncontroversial, sharing has to benefit: (1) the sender, (2) the recipient, and (3) the creator of the stuff you're sharing. Forget any one of these people, and you get sued for a billion dollars.
That's why the Swashbuckler is so pleased when he shares prices on mShopper. He knows that it gives him a certain pride to find a hot low price. And he knows it pleases his friends when they save money. Even the creators of the shared items (in this case, prices, created by merchants) are happy.