Is the term 'Third World' Ethical?

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Is the term 'Third World' Ethical?
Assefa, Ethiopia
Why people are saying: "third world"? Do you think it is correct ethical behaviour?

The Term 3rd World
ali saleh, Student (MBA), Egypt
Using the term 3rd world is not ethical, the best term to use is developing world.

Third World, Ethics and Culture
kanthi Basnayake, Consultant, Sri Lanka
To my knowledge, the definition of third world derived originally from the economic development of the country. When you use this term it is ethically wrong, since you attach a label of discrimination. Not only that you label the whole culture society of the country, when this label inculcates into the mindset of people it will gradually change their culture and the social behaviour. Hence it is unethical and discriminative.

Third World versus Developing Country
John E. Trombley, Consultant, United States
The use of these terms is not about ethics or discrimination. Read what Wikipedia says about those terms. The term "third world" arose during the cold war to define countries that remained non-aligned or not moving at all with either capitalism and NATO (which along with its allies represented the first world) or communism and the Soviet Union (which along with its allies represented the second world).
This definition provided a way of broadly categorizing the nations of the earth into three groups based on social, political, and economic divisions."
Wikipedia says "Developing country is a term generally used to describe a nation with a low level of material well-being (not to be confused with third world countries)...

3rd World and Ethics
John Henry, Manager, United States
I see no correlation between ethics, that is right and wrong, and labeling / categorizing. Marketing has done this for many years ethically and morally.
We also use these factors to discriminate between good markets and poor markets for our products. If someone is marketing a product that costs $1,000 to produce (say a big screen high definition television) and is considering selling it to a country with the average total family income of $200, this is a bad marketing decision. It is not a question of ethics, it does not have to be "discrimination" if a small number of citizens have any desire or ability to purchase an item, the expenses to sell it to them would be too high to justify.
It would be unethical to the business to require they participate in such a marketplace. Government does this all the time by the way, require business to sell where they cannot make a profit. That is unethical. Just my thoughts.


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