At the height of the online file-sharing boom, the phrase ‘Sharing is Caring’ was a reminder that peer-to-peer file-sharing systems lived or died on the availability of upload bandwidth. Its presentation allowed it to be about much more than that.
The ‘give to get’ philosophy forms part of the BitTorrent protocol even today, but Sharing is Caring was a phrase that could influence human behavior, to the benefit of the wider file-sharing movement, with no suggestion of pressure.
Sharing is Caring implied that by freely sharing whatever content file-sharers had at their disposal, downloaders would know that otherwise anonymous uploaders actually cared about them. If everyone felt that way, everyone could show that they cared too. It was simply a case of sharing the content other people had shared with them, with others in need of the same content; karma and piracy in perfect harmony.
Counterargument: Sharing Isn’t Caring
While that may have been an unlikely piece of utopia…