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Poll #2: Counting worlds

Which of the following statements is most true for you? (Note: Europe *includes* the British Isles for the sake of this poll.)

I am from Europe & "First World" IS synonymous with "Old World"
I am from Europe & "First World" is NOT synonymous with "Old World"
I am NOT from Europe & "First World" IS synonymous with "Old World"
I am NOT from Europe & "First World" is NOT synonymous with "Old World"

Feel free to say you're from Europe if you feel living there for a while/being raised by at least one European relative had a major effect on your relevant use of language.

Apropos of a couple comments by la_marquise_de_ on jimhines's lj.
The lazy use of 'First World' throws everything on Europe. You guys over that side of the Atlantic are the New World. And while I know that many people forget this -- and the whole world counting thing is deeply, deeply flawed and patronising and I dislike it hugely -- every once in a while I get British about it and find myself muttering 'Own your own issues, don't just blame us over here' at USians on the internets.

But to Europeans, it looks like us, rather than you, because here, you're the New World (2nd World), we're the Old or First World.



Jul. 22nd, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
Option 2 most closely reflects my view, but in actual fact, I never use 'first world' in conversation or writing. Equally, 'second world' has fallen out of use generally, and 'third world' is often considered a bit demeaning these days.

My geography teachers generally preferred 'industrialised countries' and 'less developed countries' as the two main descriptives (now presumably joined by 'post-industrial countries' for the UK and some other places). I'm generally most comfortable with those terms, too.
Jul. 23rd, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)
Aye, what he said, but I have used it occasionally in conversation just to get across a demographic concept.