[Air-l] terminology to describe developing countries

karl.a. marx karlamarx at gmail.com
Thu Apr 21 09:35:57 PDT 2005


Hi. Given that my research is on a Third World (or even Fourth World)
population, the Palestinians, I'd be curious to see what responses you
get. Could you possibly share your findings on the list, or if you
prefer email them individually to me, once you gather any info?

Would really appreciate it. Thanks,

On 4/20/05, Carolyn Wei <cwei at u.washington.edu> wrote:
> Hello, I am de-lurking here in search of some vocabulary insight. I have
> been working on questions about technology use in the post-Soviet Central
> Asian republics, a developing region of the world. I am trying to find a
> word to describe the level of technological development in the region. If
> I were to adapt the problematic geopolitical terms of First, Second, and
> Third World, I am looking for a way to describe the "Second World" of
> industrialized areas.
> The Central Asian republics are not saturated in the latest digital
> gadgets, nor are they utterly devoid of electricity and technology.
> They're inbetween those two extremes: Central Asia has aging analog
> telecomm systems, some introduction of digital phone lines, and growing
> internet and mobile use. I've been using "digitally emergent" to describe
> Central Asia. Has anyone seen the term "digitally emergent" before? Or is
> there a more common way to describe this level of development?
> Thanks,
> Carolyn
> Carolyn Wei
> Dept. of Technical Communication
> University of Washington
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Helga Tawil, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder

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