In Reply to: Re: Definition of the Third World posted by Mei on September 30, 2001 at 08:53:25:
Now that we've discussed the origins of the first world, second world, etc. system, I think we should start using the current politically correct terms. Like Mei said, the whole first-second-third world structure was basically just Cold War jargon used to divide up the world. We've moved on. Now countries are usually referred to as more developed, developing, or less developed. Sometimes these things are measured solely in economic terms, like by the GNP. More recently indicators of social development have been introduced to measure how developed a country is. Social measures include things like life expectancy, education levels, women in the workforce, etc. Not only have we moved on from classifying countries by their alliances, but we've also moved on from just classifying countries solely on their economic output.
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