May 12, 201210 Comments
No related posts.
My son uses this expression, and I believe it actually means that you have a problem that is a luxury of abundance. It isn't meant to assume people in other places are less sophisticated, but it really pokes fun at the trivial issues that gain importance in a wealthy society, It is a self effacing comment.
Two things: First, the point of the phrase is that whoever is whining is acting devastated over something trivial. Second, I went to rationalhub.com to explain the phrase, but rationalhub's search feature said "The following words in your search query were ignored because they are too common words: problem first world." So I tried first+world+problem to indicate I was searching for the specific phrase. Same result. Doesn't say much for rationalhub, does it?
I think this quote misinterpretes the joke: Its not about other people, nations, continents whatsoever. It is a joke that tries to show us that it isnt really a problem. The quote mentions "which noodles to buy". Now when in am in the store and have to choose, it takes me minutes. But then I remember: "First world problem" and just grab any of the brands. I am sure people in third world countries have the same kind of problem like the quote says, and maybe its more correct to call it "not a problem at all" than "first world problems", but then again where is the fun in that?
I agree with this statement. Firstly, I agree with the fact that the myth that people in different societies have different values, goals, and problems promotes an infantilized and distanced view of "The Third World." Secondly, I believe that saying "first world problems" to someone who may be sharing with you their true feelings, however seemingly trivial, is condescending, rude, and presumptuous. I also believe that some of life's most valuable achievements, such as finding love, seem trivial from any distance, though are valued by all societies regardless of prosperity.
#firstworldproblems: Some people use this term with ironic or humble intent, but the reality is that, once #trending all over #twatbookflikspacebloggeretcetc, what results is a sensationalized, trivialized, distinction of humanity which removes them from us, us from them, and leaves a bad taste of alienation and degradation – on one side of the continent in particular. I sympathize with the innocent intent but to neglect the problems provoked shows a deficiency of empathy for the position of the 'other' party, which only further confirms and exacerbates the initial #firstworldproblem, as laid out by Teju Cole. If one's 'soft masochistic tendencies and desire to trivialize their guilty conscience about living a lifestyle they find morally repugnant' is being misrepresented, then they ought to recognize Communication as a two way street and accept that their own internal illness should perhaps be expressed or symbolized through a different medium, or at least a try using different language. There's no 'guilty' party, just one man expressing his experience. The moment you begin defending yourself or the memes of your culture is the telling moment where you miss the point, which makes me sad for Teju, yet another failed recipient, and another failed message, stripped of its meaning and tearing worlds apart.
If you're in a first world area, you're having first world problems.
Are people in huts having these problems? No. Are you? Yes!
Congrats! You turned a non racist joke into a racists joke!
You are the ignorant racist he was concerned about. You divide the world into "first world" and "people in huts" and that's exactly the division that the phrase "First World Problems" makes. The issue with the statement isn't the "problems" it's the "First World" because it reinforces the idea of us vs. them. When you think of First World do you think of Nigeria? Do you think of Vietnam? They often experience these same problems, and yet they are grouped into the "people in huts" category by mindless idiots like yourself because the phrase gives you no other choice. That is the the racism. The true power of this phrase does not come from its reference to the First World. We could say "trivial problem" or "not a problem at all" as Robert said, but it wouldn't be as effective because it wouldn't call to mind the image of people starving in huts. It is the unspoken part of the phrase, the assumed part, that puts our problems in perspective and that simplifies considerably the lives of a majority of the world's population.
I think that's partially the point of the phrase 'first world problems'… it's not to separate the world into "all of us in the actual politically designated 'first world'" verses the 'people starving in huts', or 'people under grinding poverty', or 'people working entire lives away under harsh physical conditions' … in fact the phrase makes no direct reference to them.
The "first world problems" meme suggests that people living within abundance (in any country) are so far estranged from the problems that the majority of the world ends up facing on a daily basis, that they make issues out of minor discomforts. It's like the idea of a prince being locked away in his palace without ever witnessing the realities of poverty, starvation, mass-violence and brutality that exist just beyond the palace walls; he never fully understands them until he sees them up close.
The "first world problems" meme is not a critique of people living in 'the second world' or 'the third world' … or even of everybody living in 'the first world' but of people who intentionally keep themselves locked away in a bubble from the rest of the world and lament over the few problems that they are left with.
That is neither to say that people in Nigeria aren't living outstandingly luxurious lives or that people in the United States aren't working tough jobs for long periods of time and aren't lamenting over what they'll need to eat or where they'll have to live…. It's to say that some people aren't in tune with the worlds' problems in general, some residents of the 'first world' refuse to acknowledge the 'third world' outside their doorstep.
Odd , your site shows up with a dark hue to it, what shade is the primary color on your webpage?
Fighting over the internet about a joke which wasn't intended to degrade other nations. #firstworldproblems
Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
Notify me of new posts by email.