Robert Fulford: First World blessings of information overload
Source: National Post
Author: Robert Fullford
Excerpt: Our endlessly proliferating language has in recent times created a term for careless ingratitude, “First World Problem,” a phrase with sardonic overtones that make it a favourite on social media.
It describes a trivial complaint that bothers only those who have the economic and social privileges associated with the First World. A Twitter post a few years ago said “My ergonomic mouse is too sensitive!” Whoever wrote that realized it was gauche and immediately followed with a self-conscious apology: “#firstworldproblems.” One dictionary makes the point in dialogue: “My 7-dollar latte came with ONE espresso shot instead of the TWO I ordered!”
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