Sahal Gure Mohamed, 62, texts on his mobile phone while waiting in line at dawn to register at Ifo refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. (Internews Europe/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The Problem with #FirstWorldProblems

Our global imaginations are failing us and how we talk about tech

I used to joke about #firstworldproblems myself, but after seeing misunderstandings like these, I stopped.

I think of the examples above as symptomatic of a larger problem: we have what author Claire Light has called a failure of our global imagination.

Writers about tech need to nuance the narrative.

We need to tell the human stories of the next billion. Really tell them.

It’s time to abandon the First World/Third World dichotomy.

Remember the diversity of ways we use communications technology.

author and technologist. words and commentary in ny times, bbc, atlantic, hyperallergic, etc. meedan. opinions my own.

author and technologist. words and commentary in ny times, bbc, atlantic, hyperallergic, etc. meedan. opinions my own.