Thursday, 17 April 2014

Life is a Never-ending Struggle


Published on Sep 19, 2013 by BuzzFeedYellow
Upper Middle Class Problems
Who are these people?



Published on May 3, 2013 by BuzzFeedYellow
Middle Class Problems According To Twitter
Middle class problems? More like upper-middle class problems? AMIRITE?



BuzzFeed - Apr 29/2013
27 Middle-Class Problems by Luke Lewis
Life is hard sometimes, and there’s only one way to handle it: Share your pain on Twitter.




BuzzFeed - Sep 4/2013
21 More Middle Class Problems by Luke Lewis
For those poor souls, life is an unending struggle.




The following Twitter account amusingly retweets various problems encountered by people, supposedly insignificant problems in the grand scheme of things. It is referred to as the source for the material in the BuzzFeed videos and articles.

Twitter: Middle Class Problem @middleclassprob
Real problems but not real actual problems, just middle class ones. Created by @benfraserlee


The Telegraph - Sep 17/2013
Enough crap about #middleclassproblems and #firstworldproblems. Face it: everyone on Twitter is a middle-class prat by Toby Young
A tweet of mine has been included in a BuzzFeed feature called "27 More Middle Class Problems". This is not something to boast about. It's a follow-up to an earlier feature called "27 Middle Class Problems" in which 27 twitterers, some of them micro-celebrities, are held up to ridicule for whining about something that, in the eyes of BuzzFeed, is a fairly minor issue in the grand scheme of things.

For instance, here's Eos Chater, the second violinist in Bond, complaining about a cooking problem:

I think I've put too much water in with my quinoa.

My winning tweet concerned the scarcity of a particular chocolate product in West London:

Anyone know where you can get mint-flavoured dark Lindt chocolate in the Acton area? Bloody hard to find

Now, all of this is quite amusing. I'm not complaining about being included in this round-up – really, I'm not. But it's symptomatic of a general hostility towards middle-class people that's ubiquitous on social media, particularly Twitter, and which is a bit irritating.


Final Word
Hey, don't we all have a tough day? A tough moment? But just what is it in comparison with the big picture, the really big picture?

UN Water: Fact and Figures
783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.

World Food Programme: Hunger
There are 842 million undernourished people in the world today. That means one in eight people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

Tea with soy milk? Okay, I guess that isn't so much of a catastrophe as I may have first thought. In fact, now that I think of it, my day isn't going too badly at all. It's all in the perspective.


References

Wikipedia: BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed is a website that combines a technology platform for detecting viral content with an editorial selection process to provide a snapshot of "the viral web in realtime". Co-founded in 2006 by Jonah Peretti (who is also cofounder of The Huffington Post), BuzzFeed is located in Manhattan, New York in the Flatiron District.

official web site: BuzzFeed

YouTube channel: BuzzFeedYellow

YouTube channel: BuzzFeedVideo

Despite my best efforts on Google, I couldn't find out the difference between BuzzFeedYellow and BuzzFeedVideo. Comedy versus serious? Original content versus other content? Beats me, but there they are. Enjoy.

TIME - Oct 10/2012
#FirstWorldProblems, as Read by Poverty-Stricken Haitians By Sarah Kneezle
A clever ad campaign for the charity WATERisLIFE highlights the discrepancy between First- and Third-World problems.



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