First World Problems Are Not Problems

DBB of New York is on a crusade against first world problems (found on twitter as #firstworldproblems), which they have argued to be at least five tweets per second. Their strategy? Take the tweets/updates of first-world problems and share them with folks in Haiti. DBB took a film crew to Haiti and recorded 30 customized video responses to specific tweets of those with first-world problems from the mouths of Haitians. I think it is brilliant.

Watch the anthem below. Read about it here.

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About Timmy Brister

My name is Tim Brister. I am a pastor of Grace Baptist Church (Cape Coral, Florida), founder of the PLNTD Network, director of P2R and the Memory Moleskine, creator of The Haiti Collective, and director of Band of Bloggers. I am happily married to my wife Dusti and the proud father of two little boys.
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One Response to First World Problems Are Not Problems

  1. Hmm. I’m confused. I thought that was the POINT of #firstworldproblems. Maybe it’s all in how you interact with and process Tweets w/ the fwp hashtag. I actually told a friend recently, that even though some of the Tweets are ludicrous, and even if the proprietor of the account could care less about the majority world, being familiar with #firstworldproblems is good for my own attitude. I’ll often catch myself about to whine or complain about something, and then in the back of my head, I think “#firstworldproblems” and remember just how foolish my “woe is me” attitude really is.

    The problem is that #fwp does NOTHING to ostensibly help the 3rd world. That’s certainly a shame. But, it does help me keep my attitude and perspective in check. (And if it does this for enough people, maybe it WILL impact 3rd world countries?)

    Some things are so silly, we should make fun of them. In my mind, the punchline of #firstworldproblems is ME, not the majority world.

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