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Reasons Not to Be Human #I, 46: Airbnb

Sara Salih

Winter 2021 - Reasons Not to Be Human



1 The trouble with humans is that they don’t know how to sit quietly in one room. The trouble with Airbnb is that it encourages you not to sit quietly in one room. More than encourages you not to, it agitates you so that you feel obliged to leave home and squat in someone else’s lifestyle.

2 The log-in is distracting. Images flash up: a black woman is welcomed by a white man; brown people laugh; men cook together. Someone must have studied the neurological effects of the flashing images. Airbnb must have studied it.


Sara Salih is currently completing the Encyclopaedia of Modern Understanding.