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2013-02-05 06:02:46 PM  
15 votes:
That could have done better with that premise.  The "first-world problems" were too trite.  I think it was their intention to make them very trite, but it just makes the comparison not as relevant to your viewer because your first world viewer will just say "well, I'm not like one of those people that complains about forgetting to take a phone to a bathroom" and now they sort of let themselves off the hook from donating to you.  I would make the problems real things that people biatch about, but are glorious problems to have in the third world.


Something like "I can't decide where to go out to eat tonight" would be right on point.
2013-02-05 06:10:43 PM  
9 votes:
I prefer to think about how lucky they are that they have no idea who Honey Boo Boo or Snooki is.
2013-02-05 06:20:40 PM  
6 votes:

RedPhoenix122: cman: As long as scarcity exists then poverty will, too.

Its too bad we dont have those Trek replicators.

Well, as long as people are making money off scarcity, at least.


Precisely! And it's not even a matter of people wanting to be rich to live a comfortable lifestyle. 10 million dollars will let you lead pretty much as comfortable a life as 100 million. The problem is there are a group of obsessive hoarders who see money as nothing more than a way to keep score. To them their worth as a person is based on how much money they make. As long as the people in power see money as the measuring stick of personal worth then they will do everything in their power to fight the inevitability of a post scarcity economy.

We have an economy based upon when it comes right down to it, drudgery. We have plenty of resources, but in order to make our modern world work we rely upon a workforce of people to perform millions of mind numbingly dehumanizing, crappy jobs. The only way to get people to perform these countless shiatty jobs is to create artificial shortages of resources so that people will be forced to perform these jobs in exchange for the means to exist.

Eventually technology will eliminate the need for human beings to perform the drudgery tasks that keep civilization functioning. Once that happens there is no reason for the artificial shortages to be maintained.

Think of what you would do if you lived in a post scarcity culture. Forget for the sake of argument how that culture was created but assume that the technology exists to grant people whatever material needs they might have. What would you then do for your life.

Some people might live a life of pure hedonism but many people would want to find some way to give meaning to their life. Some people would follow their passion for science, some people would follow their passion for art. This of all the non-crap jobs that are in the world right now. You could probably think of one or two you would want to do for free if all your day to day living expenses were taken care of. Some of them might not even be particularly glamorous jobs either.

In a post scarcity world a persons worth will be measured by what it is they create and contribute to the human experience, not how much personal wealth they can hoard. The very concept of such a culture scares the living hell out the people who view money as a way of keeping score because hoarding money is the only talent they have.
2013-02-05 06:16:34 PM  
6 votes:
The fact that other people have worse problems than you does not in any way negate the existence of your problems.  Nor does it magically grant me the excess resources to fix the other people's problems.

Basically, if I've got no shoes, the fact that the other guy has no feet neither protects me from injury and infection nor does it grant me the power to psychically levitate him to where he wants to go by the sheer power of useless saccharine cliche.
2013-02-05 06:11:15 PM  
6 votes:

Rapmaster2000: That could have done better with that premise.  The "first-world problems" were too trite.  I think it was their intention to make them very trite, but it just makes the comparison not as relevant to your viewer because your first world viewer will just say "well, I'm not like one of those people that complains about forgetting to take a phone to a bathroom" and now they sort of let themselves off the hook from donating to you.  I would make the problems real things that people biatch about, but are glorious problems to have in the third world.

Something like "I can't decide where to go out to eat tonight" would be right on point.


Or, "I wasted a minute of my life watching a video whose execution didn't live up to the quality of its premise."
2013-02-05 06:05:09 PM  
5 votes:
I just hate it when third world problems are used to make me feel guilty.
2013-02-05 08:43:53 PM  
4 votes:

untaken_name: Because I'm a selfish being, and unlike everyone else I'm honest about it.


Wrong. People are not inherently selfish.

What you really are is a dick. You read Ayn Rand and decided that the only true way to live is to be a dick. That's fine, but the vast majority of people don't want to be dicks.

That doesn't make you honest. It just makes you a dick.

/dick
2013-02-05 06:17:33 PM  
4 votes:

TheMega: I have to agree with the pickle one... I like pickles on my burger, so everyone who doesn't like pickles and still gets them on their burger can just suffer!!! SUFFER I say!

/pickle


I just hate it when I bite into a pickle on my burger and don't get all the way through it and it comes off in one big piece pulling a bunch of other toppings off with it.
2013-02-05 05:51:34 PM  
4 votes:

cman: As long as scarcity exists then poverty will, too.

Its too bad we dont have those Trek replicators.


Well, as long as people are making money off scarcity, at least.
2013-02-05 06:55:14 PM  
3 votes:
js530:
Yes, please tell me how we systematically create artificial shortages of "resources" (commodities or consumer goods?).

I've forwarded your question to De Beers.
2013-02-05 06:25:01 PM  
3 votes:
I never understood these "first world problem" bits. Why should I be made to feel guilty that I was lucky enough to be born in a country that has a sound infrastructure that allows me to have "first world problems" in the first place? All those third world countries have either incredibly corrupt governments or dictatorships, something that I can not solve by throwing money at it no matter how large of a check I may write.
2013-02-05 06:10:16 PM  
3 votes:

Rapmaster2000: That could have done better with that premise.  The "first-world problems" were too trite.  I think it was their intention to make them very trite, but it just makes the comparison not as relevant to your viewer because your first world viewer will just say "well, I'm not like one of those people that complains about forgetting to take a phone to a bathroom" and now they sort of let themselves off the hook from donating to you.  I would make the problems real things that people biatch about, but are glorious problems to have in the third world.


Something like "I can't decide where to go out to eat tonight" would be right on point.


Or a few other ones, like "I hate it when the power goes out in the middle of a TV show." Or "I had to take a cold shower this morning."
There are real first world problems, but you're right, a lot of them are so very trite. I'm putting together a presentation to work with a few other fields for a cooperative capstone project for Engineers Without Borders, UMaine for just what they're talking about: clean water.
2013-02-05 05:21:06 PM  
3 votes:
My employer blocks Facebook, so I have to wait until I get home to look at links like this. =(
2013-02-05 03:32:32 PM  
3 votes:
I didn't have time to watch the whole video... My lunch was getting cold.
2013-02-05 09:00:13 PM  
2 votes:

Ishkur: untaken_name: Because I'm a selfish being, and unlike everyone else I'm honest about it.

Wrong. People are not inherently selfish.

What you really are is a dick. You read Ayn Rand and decided that the only true way to live is to be a dick. That's fine, but the vast majority of people don't want to be dicks.

That doesn't make you honest. It just makes you a dick.

/dick



Most people are empathetic towards the suffering of others. Look at how US individuals turn out the money for disasters around the world. There are limits.  I no longer give money to bums that want a beer. If your people keep pumping out babies to starve to death generation after generation after generation, fark it. Darwin is calling.
2013-02-05 07:30:55 PM  
2 votes:

Ghastly: In fact some people think that in a post scarcity economy governments will have to actively work to encourage procreation.


Nope, they will have to work hard to discourage it. Well known fact: free time + mutually attracted people = fun time

Once they got fresh water pumps to the villages in Africa they experienced a population explosion. Suddenly hauling water turned from a 4 hour job into a 15 minute job. Free time became sexy time.

Personally I think that a post scarcity world will be a world at war. If we can get anything we want for free, well, a lot of people will get a lot of weapons and teach those infidels/heathens how it is done. Also because the overly religious will turn away because man was to break his back working the fields to get food, the Palestinians and the Jews will create a cache of weapons and will be trying to kill each other by the end of the day. Stupid countries will aid Israel which will cause other stupid countries to aid the Palestinians which will cause a lot of death and shedding of blood. Also: various tribes in Africa will duke it out on a massive scale. As will a lot of gangs.

Many regions on the Earth aren't at war because keeping supplies coming and actually having to work to produce food and clothing is preventing them from doing so. If humans were rational we'd have everlasting peace. We're not so all we get is a lot of free time to punch those idiots on the other side of this line we have been drawing increasingly deep in the sand.
2013-02-05 07:11:47 PM  
2 votes:
The fact that so many of us live such comfortable lives while so many of us starve is horrific. The fact that we are horrendously wasteful, doubly so.
2013-02-05 06:55:12 PM  
2 votes:

Charlie Chingas: I hate it when Farkers waste an opportunity to say stupid shiat and instead discuss world problems.


I agree. WTF is wrong with people?! All you have to do is sit there and say something slightly snarky and I might laugh about it. But no, instead you bring doses of reality into it! I already farking live in reality, I don't need more of it when I get on the internet!
2013-02-05 06:51:13 PM  
2 votes:
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2013-02-05 06:43:58 PM  
2 votes:
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2013-02-05 06:28:42 PM  
2 votes:
I couldn't hear the video over how awesome being an American sounds
2013-02-05 06:28:01 PM  
2 votes:

Jim_Callahan: The fact that other people have worse problems than you does not in any way negate the existence of your problems.  Nor does it magically grant me the excess resources to fix the other people's problems.

Basically, if I've got no shoes, the fact that the other guy has no feet neither protects me from injury and infection nor does it grant me the power to psychically levitate him to where he wants to go by the sheer power of useless saccharine cliche.


No kidding. I get tired of this attitude of "Your problems don't matter because someone else has worse problems." Well, in that case, basically nobody in the world can biatch, even these people in 3rd world countries, except for the people being tortured in North Korean "reeducation" camps. They have it the worst, so only they can complain.

It is a silly position. Now none of that means we can't appreciate the scope of our problems or help others that have worse problems, but let's cut the crap.

Also, funny enough, you'll find people in 3rd world countries still have and complain about trivial issues from time to time. They are different ones, but they are still there. It's just human nature.
2013-02-05 06:22:10 PM  
2 votes:
I hate when I'm in a foreign country and they don't speak English.
2013-02-05 11:08:19 PM  
1 vote:

Ghastly: Smgth:.

Point being a very rich guy willing to risk his own life. A thing that happens. Like Prince what-his-nuts over in Afghanistan. People with everything to lose will still risk their lives, they always have. Kings. Emperors. Rich as Croesus, yet led armies into battle.

So you get the odd nut bag who is easily able to convince people who live in shiat holes where life already has little value to join them on their quest to make them king.

In a world where every creature comfort is delivered at the push of a button how many people will be willing to follow some deranged lunatic? There will be less violence rather than more.


You said it would be eliminated. It won't be. People don't follow lunatics merely because they don't get enough vitamins and calories. The (rich) lunatic was risking his life, you said they wouldn't. People don't just follow someone because they've amassed the most X. So there won't be king making based on resources, but religion won't be eliminated.

The world is not a perfect Marxist economy where all action is caused by resource interaction. People are often insane. And usually illogical. And they do bad things because human nature will ALWAYS prominently feature man's inhumanity to man. Many fights are about resources. Many are about bigotry.
2013-02-05 09:11:07 PM  
1 vote:

Vectron: Ishkur: untaken_name: Because I'm a selfish being, and unlike everyone else I'm honest about it.

Wrong. People are not inherently selfish.

What you really are is a dick. You read Ayn Rand and decided that the only true way to live is to be a dick. That's fine, but the vast majority of people don't want to be dicks.

That doesn't make you honest. It just makes you a dick.

/dick


Most people are empathetic towards the suffering of others. Look at how US individuals turn out the money for disasters around the world. There are limits.  I no longer give money to bums that want a beer. If your people keep pumping out babies to starve to death generation after generation after generation, fark it. Darwin is calling.


This is why I now only donate money to animal and evironmental causes. Humans have reasoning (limited) and should be able to help ourselves. Animals and the evironment have no blame for their demise other than awhole humans.
2013-02-05 09:05:28 PM  
1 vote:

Ghastly: DerAppie:
Personally I think that a post scarcity world will be a world at war. If we can get anything we want for free, well, a lot of people will get a lot of weapons and teach those infidels/heathens how it is done.

If I can live a live of ease and leisure with my every material desire catered to with the push of a button why would I possibly want to risk death just because somebody else in some place else is liking something I don't like.

It's easy enough to convince people to kill one another for the benefit of the rich when they're poor and miserable and life itself isn't much better than death. You don't see a lot of comfortable billionaires signing up to become cannon fodder.


You think Bin Laden was hurting for money?
2013-02-05 08:43:37 PM  
1 vote:

Ghastly: umad: doesn't bother people a bit because the entire premise is farking retarded since your replicator won't provide health care or haul away your trash.

And you think that the technology that would make a post scarcity economy possible won't be able to create an inexhaustible workforce of robot slaves because....?

Like I said, we live in an economy based on drudgery. Eliminate the drudgery and there's no need to maintain scarcity to force people to perform such tasks.


It's not really an economy based on drudgery, at least in the U.S.

Not too many jobs that exist nowadays are essential; there isn't some immediate need for waiters, valets, etc. Saying that by eliminating them and replacing them with machines, we enable people to do whatever they want is not really true, however. We still live in an economy where people are tied to their jobs as a means of living. Those jobs don't exist because there's a crucial need to have them, they exist because people need jobs. Most occupations in the U.S. are like that -- not essential for survival of civilization but pleasant to have.

We could eliminate more and more human occupations with machines and people will still create more and more things for people to do. Because that's how resources get distributed in this society and that's how our culture is used to resources being distributed. We could've easily put at least 10+% if not more of the population on public welfare by now and not miss anything. But we don't.
2013-02-05 08:30:17 PM  
1 vote:

IamAwake: untaken_name: The fact that in 200 or 10,000 or 1 million years none of it will matter in the slightest....priceless. Ozymandias or peasant, what difference does it make once you're dead? None.

If pleasure and suffering are pointless merely because the ones suffering or experiencing pain will be dead 200 years from now, then why not just off yourself now?

That is seriously the most idiotic argument evah.  Actively participating in subjugating a dozen or so people into a life of extreme poverty?   Lol wut?  They die eventually anyway lolz.


Because ultimate outcomes are divorced from daily life. As you surely know every time you eat a Big Mac. Because I'm a selfish being, and unlike everyone else I'm honest about it. Because this is all there is, so my interest in continuing it while I still have it good is logical. Why would you even consider that I'd want to end the only tiny slice of existence I will ever get to experience? I mean, I can understand why I might want to off you, since you're quite annoying, but why would I want to off me, when I'm the best that humanity has to offer? Makes no sense.
2013-02-05 08:28:08 PM  
1 vote:

peasants_are_revolting: These folks need to actually visit the developing world, especially Asia and Africa. It is difficult to find someone who truly has no access to the Internet, and almost everyone I've met has at least a cell phone.


did the video say jack about a lack of cell phones or occassional internet access?  Funny, I thought I saw it say something about the cell charger not reaching from the bed, or pickles when they said no pickles.  Odd.

Dunno what 3rd world area you're in if you've not seen extreme poverty and the environment destroyed by the 1st world, but I've seen such with my own eyes, so...guess our heresay cancels each other out.
2013-02-05 08:20:45 PM  
1 vote:
Here's a tip. Next time The Man colonizes your country, don't think you will be better off without us.
2013-02-05 08:13:16 PM  
1 vote:
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"I hate to break this to you kiddo, I really do. Where ever your people are in the world, they fail at building a working society. Your ancestors had centuries to invent the wheel but they couldn't do it. Does that tell you why you live like you do?  It seems that every time we meet, I have nothing but bad news. I'm sorry about that, I surely am."
2013-02-05 08:00:39 PM  
1 vote:

poisonpill: Rapmaster2000: That could have done better with that premise.  The "first-world problems" were too trite.  I think it was their intention to make them very trite, but it just makes the comparison not as relevant to your viewer because your first world viewer will just say "well, I'm not like one of those people that complains about forgetting to take a phone to a bathroom" and now they sort of let themselves off the hook from donating to you.  I would make the problems real things that people biatch about, but are glorious problems to have in the third world.


Something like "I can't decide where to go out to eat tonight" would be right on point.

+1

These "first world problems" are shared by like nobody. Maybe the 'I hate it when I go to the bathroom and forget my phone' is legit, the others are either completely made up or just so ridiculous it's shared by nobody. 'My house is so big I need two wifi routers'? Please. If your house is that big, you probably just have somebody set up your wifi for you.


Actually I have 2 routers my main one and one in a spare bedroom on the other side of the house so I can use my laptop out by the pool
2013-02-05 07:55:06 PM  
1 vote:
The thing that I actually find mildly insulting is that the video ends with a stern admonition "First world problems aren't problems!"

Yeah, that's the whole point of the meme. Anyone that invokes "first world problems" is pointing out that the issue is trivial, and the GIFs speak in the first person to add a bit of self-deprecating humor.

Mister video maker seems to think we're so stupid that we confuse "first world problems" with real problems.

Fortunately, bearing mild insults is a first world problem.
2013-02-05 07:43:46 PM  
1 vote:
My first world problem:  I hate it when I buy something only to get home and realize that I already bought it at least once, maybe twice.

This was called bibliomania, only it has spread from books to magazines, comics, CDs, DVDs, BluRays, etc.

It used to be bibliomania. Now it's hoarding.

I think all of us consumer society types have a problem:  too much food, too much entertainment, too much drink, and above all, Total Fark subscriptions.

Total Fark is hoarding for people who have nothing.
2013-02-05 07:38:20 PM  
1 vote:

mittromneysdog: Jim_Callahan: Basically, if I've got no shoes, the fact that the other guy has no feet neither protects me from injury and infection nor does it grant me the power to psychically levitate him to where he wants to go by the sheer power of useless saccharine cliche.

If, on average, the people in your first world town have five pairs of shoes, and the people of Ouagadougou on average have .25, then maybe rounding up some of those surplus shoes from your home town and shipping them to Ouagadougou is in order.


Yes, because fark cobblers in Ouagadougou. Free shoes, that's where it is at these days. Also: fark their textile industry, we'll flood them with cheap hand me downs and they'll like it.

if you want to help you should give people the chance to build something for themselves. Not disrupting their market with free labour (Let us go and build houses for those poor people in Africa! Surely they haven't got carpenters of their own), free/cheap clothes and shoes, random involvement in education for 2 or 3 months and other well intentioned feel good actions.
2013-02-05 07:37:12 PM  
1 vote:

ThrobblefootSpectre: Ghastly: Right now what we have is a distribution problem.

No.  What "we" mainly have is a problem of countries with vast stretches of arable land which aren't productively utilized.  The reasons for which vary from local warlords, to corrupt government land re-distribution programs of formerly productive farms.

When continent x has lots of unused farmable land and plenty of idle potential labor, blaming country y for not re-distributing it's own food to continent x for free is a cop out.


Zimbabwe and Mugabe are a good example of that.
2013-02-05 07:28:56 PM  
1 vote:

Ghastly: Right now what we have is a distribution problem.


No.  What "we" mainly have is a problem of countries with vast stretches of arable land which aren't productively utilized.  The reasons for which vary from local warlords, to corrupt government land re-distribution programs of formerly productive farms.

When continent x has lots of unused farmable land and plenty of idle potential labor, blaming country y for not re-distributing it's own food to continent x for free is a cop out.
2013-02-05 07:28:17 PM  
1 vote:

Spanky McStupid: I hate when I'm in a foreign country and they don't speak English.


I hate it in when I'm in my country and they don't speak English

/ducks
2013-02-05 07:18:01 PM  
1 vote:
Biggest First World Problem: guilt trips by corporations and charlatans who stand to profit off of our guilt.
2013-02-05 06:55:38 PM  
1 vote:

Ghastly: We have an economy based upon when it comes right down to it, drudgery. We have plenty of resources, but in order to make our modern world work we rely upon a workforce of people to perform millions of mind numbingly dehumanizing, crappy jobs. The only way to get people to perform these countless shiatty jobs is to create artificial shortages of resources so that people will be forced to perform these jobs in exchange for the means to exist.



I can sort of sympathize with your ideals on a hypothetical basis.  I mean, you want everyone to have good things and be happy.  Who can argue with that?

But food and ipods don't fall from the sky without working for them.  They just don't.  You have to work for it.  Even the physical laws of thermodynamics tells us it is a universal truth.  And scarcity is not artificial.  We really are depleting the worlds oceans of life, and destroying the fertility of soil for short term population gains, even water is increasingly in short supply, the global water crisis is real.

Look, I'm right there with you.  I'm a lower-middle class first world schmuck who has to work a 60 hour week for a living.  But I just simply do not believe there is some secret stash of infinite resources being hidden from us by an evil cabal of costumed villains.
2013-02-05 06:46:51 PM  
1 vote:
Thanks for the reality check. May I be truly thankful for all my blessings.
2013-02-05 06:42:44 PM  
1 vote:
i hate when some douche bag tries to make me feel guilty or responsible for having ancestors that, through hard work, foresight, and cooperation, have managed to create a better world for their children so that they do not have to live a life desperate poverty and horrifying violence.

I also hate when this tradition of each generation building upon the accomplishments of the last, and instilling their values into the next, to create a progressively better society is derided as some kind of unearned privilege.

/do i win?
2013-02-05 06:38:44 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-02-05 06:37:16 PM  
1 vote:
My iPad won't play the flash video.
2013-02-05 06:33:50 PM  
1 vote:
Please, Everyone that we made feel guilty donate money so that only 10% of which you give actually goes to the people it was meant for and we can keep the other 90%. Thank you for your donations. Here is a pic of some random poor kid I found on the internet.
2013-02-05 06:29:02 PM  
1 vote:
You know, calling people and nations "third-world" is a problem created by the "first-world."
2013-02-05 06:27:46 PM  
1 vote:

Spanky McStupid: I hate when I'm in a foreign country and they I don't speak English.


FTFY
2013-02-05 06:26:35 PM  
1 vote:

Rapmaster2000: That could have done better with that premise.  The "first-world problems" were too trite.  I think it was their intention to make them very trite, but it just makes the comparison not as relevant to your viewer because your first world viewer will just say "well, I'm not like one of those people that complains about forgetting to take a phone to a bathroom" and now they sort of let themselves off the hook from donating to you.  I would make the problems real things that people biatch about, but are glorious problems to have in the third world.


Something like "I can't decide where to go out to eat tonight" would be right on point.


I agree the problems are too trite. I think they should have gone with things we've actually heard that people REALLY gripe about, not just common annoyances.

Some things I've actually heard in my life include:

"My husband just came back from Italy and he got me the WRONG Gucci sunglasses! WTF?"

"UGH my parents got me the WHITE iphone for Christmas. I wanted black!"

"I can't believe my parents won't pay for my rent any more. Do they even know how expensive it is to live in New York?"

"Omg why does it take so long for my Keurig to make a damn cup of coffee??"

and so on and so forth.

/yuppie problems
2013-02-05 06:16:11 PM  
1 vote:
They cast this well.  The people actually look like honest-to-goodness third worlders.  These people do need to work on their delivery, though.  Not all that convincing, if you ask me.
2013-02-05 06:15:09 PM  
1 vote:

AcesFull: at least they don't gotta put with crushed ice...


And you don't put up with up.
2013-02-05 06:13:24 PM  
1 vote:
"I hate when I say no pickles and they still give me pickles"

Classic!  I LOL'd.
2013-02-05 06:12:25 PM  
1 vote:
Wasn't there something where if your primary needs are filled, things that are less important become more important to you or something?
2013-02-05 06:12:04 PM  
1 vote:
I have to agree with the pickle one... I like pickles on my burger, so everyone who doesn't like pickles and still gets them on their burger can just suffer!!! SUFFER I say!

/pickle
2013-02-05 05:46:55 PM  
1 vote:

utsagrad123: I didn't have time to watch the whole video... My lunch was getting cold.


I threw mine out because I'm a fatty
2013-02-05 03:40:22 PM  
1 vote:
The screen on my BlackBerry was too small to see this video properly, and it kept buffering because the wifi connection was slow.
 
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