From Social Patterns
Sharing means that more than one person can see, have, do, talk about, or otherwise relate to the same thing possibly at the same time. In the real world, sharing means allowing someone else to have access to or control over an object that you currently own or control, and involves a degree of sacrifice. Electronic things made of bits can be replicated or reflected with almost no friction, as compared with real objects.
This may mean sharing is generally easier in a virtual space (than, say, in kindergarten, when giving up the G.I. Joe meant losing control over his adventures) but therefore also less meaningful (or less likely to teach us to play well together, as when we learned that we could plan what G.I. Joe would do next together?).
- Musing about "Sharing" and Privacy from Confused of Calcutta
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