Is this #FirstWorldProblems video genius or exploitative?


When I begin writing a blog post, I normally figure out what I think about something and then try to make that argument in a logical and concise way so that you the reader agrees with me by the end. Thus, it’s very rare that I don’t know the answer to the question I’m posing when I’m drafting a post.

So when I saw this video, by, featuring children living in third world countries spouting off a series of #firstworldproblems to make the point that they aren’t actually real problems, I was conflicted. Sure, it’s an effective way to make the point that we have it pretty good and have so much to be grateful for.

At the same time, it made me uncomfortable that these children were used in that manner. This might not actually be any different than when they are featured in ads which just how their faces with sad music playing, without even getting to hear their voices at all though.

What do you guys think?  Is this effective or is this exploitative?

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