UK elections results are in. The Conservative leader David Cameron rose to a surprise victory, standing over the dead political careers of his opponents. Labour’s Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats, and UKIP’s Nigel Farage are all resigning after the essential collapse of their parties’ electoral fortunes. Continue Reading
It’s been a while since the last post on this subject, but here’s another write-up by one of the undergrads in the Politics of the Global Economy class on the internet meme “first world versus third world” problems. This one covers issues regarding the lights going off in both sets of countries.
The internet is a strange and daunting place, overrun with cats demanding bovine snacks, baby monkeys riding on pigs, and gifs of poor chaps maiming themselves in highly unfortunate manners. However, amidst all of this silliness, cute and hilarious as it may be, there are some rather thought provoking memes that occasionally rise up from hustle and bustle of the interwebs. First world problems highlight the disparity between the problems that developed societies experience, the more petty, the better. For a meme with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek, memes of this variety can provide a sobering, but ironically humorous take on the daily qualms people complain about, especially when compared to a real third world problem, which is exactly what I intend to do.
Laziness is a common theme on the internet. That lack of wanting to be a productive member of society is quite alluring at times. However, this particular meme highlights a specific issue, the reckless disregard of the conservation of energy resources and lack of concern for the privilege of having consistent lights in one’s abode, let alone one’s bedroom.
Perhaps this gentleman would prefer to live in Zambia, where, on occasions, the lights will turn themselves off. Africa’s developing power infrastructure is often rather sketchy, leading to abrupt blackouts on a regular basis. For Nigeria alone, the black outs cost 1 billion dollars per year. The one plus side to this would be that it would allow Mr. Lazyman to lie in bed all day long without getting up to turn off a light, if he so desired…. Assuming he doesn’t require air conditioning to continue his resting, though one might doubt that he would have the willpower to simply open a window. Continue Reading
This semester, the undergrads in my Politics of the Global Economy class were asked to write an essay (for extra credit) that plays on the internet meme “first world versus third world” problems. Here is the first of these assignments, describing the “water crisis” issue in both types of countries.
If you’ve been on the Internet for any amount of time you’ve probably seen the “First World Problems” meme or a variation on it. These problems range from the terrifying realization that you’ve already poured your cereal but you’re out of milk to the inexplicable way your shampoo and condidtioner never seem to run out at the same time. And don’t forget the sinking feeling you get when you relax into your favorite recliner and realize the TV remote is on the other side of the room. These memes are funny because they’re relatable, and obviously they’re not created to be taken too seriously. But sometimes in the first world we really do forget how good we have it. Take these two First World Problems, for example: