They've done plenty of scummy things along the way, but pretending they are the sole responsible party just makes you look stupid and unwilling to take responsibility for your own actions. Man up.
The problem with that assessment is that hindsight is 20/20. This is exactly like the radioactive cosmetics of the early 20th century. People gave radium and other such substances quasi-magical properties, but few, even scientists, suspected the damage. There was no way for you as a consumer to know that the product you were using could be dangerous. In the case of radium, there were enough quick deaths that the link was made publicly and usage fell, but for tobacco the side-effects took much longer and were actively masked by the companies. In both cases, someone saw a way to make a quick buck, and the consequences be damned. In the latter, though, they kept going after getting ample proof that they were killing people.
Don't blame the victim.
One of the big deals about Uber for me is that their app and infrastructure makes the taxi companies look like pathetic dinosaurs. Calling a lift is easy, you can track their position in real time, if something goes wrong or if they're not responsive you can deal with that, you can pay through the app... It's just a much better user experience. Taxi companies probably never even heard of the term, and they're looking extremely stupid for it.
While this is a nice idea, and it will of course reduce the response time of law enforcement, it misses the point.
People take guns to school because schools are "gun free zones". They even have big signs posted around them saying, "You are in a gun-free zone".
So... the bad guy is assured that he is the only person with a gun...
If this were the correct logic, then Europe would be a warzone with daily shootings, since guns are mostly non-existent in a lot of countries. How weird then that the place with the most shootings happens to be the country that fetishizes gun ownership.
we perform a service for society akin to that peformed by record or film studio executives - we watch shitty movies and listen to shitty music, so you don't have to.
Are you actually serious? How about starving the shitty movies and music out of the market by not giving them a fucking audience? You're part of the problem, not the solution.