Mine! is one of the first words children learn. By the time we grow up, the idea of ownership seems natural, whether buying a cup of coffee or a house. But who controls the space behind your airplane seat: you reclining or the squished laptop user behind? Why does HBO let viewers steal their content by illegally sharing passwords? And after a snowstorm, why does a chair in the street hold your parking space in Chicago, but in New York you lose the space and the chair?
Mine! explains these puzzles and many more. Surprisingly, there are just six simple stories that everyone uses to claim everything. Owners choose the story that steers us to do what they want. But don’t be fooled. We can always pick a different story. This is true not just for airplane seats, HBO passwords, and parking chairs, but also for battles over digital privacy, climate change, and wealth inequality. With stories that are eye-opening, mind-bending, and sometimes infuriating, Mine! reveals the rules of ownership that secretly control our lives.