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Hans Rosling presented a powerful presentation on our societies old mindset of social classes, as well as, the overall meaning of “we” and “them”. Rosling started off the TED talk by introducing how his students talked about the difference between “we” and “them”. The students classified the “we”, as the Western World, and the “them” as the Developing world. Our old mindset about the Western world, was the western countries consisted of small families who lived long lives. Furthermore, our mindset on the developing world, was the third world countries consisted of larger families who lived short lives. Throughout the video Rosling presents a variety of data sets about our mindsets. For example, Rosling presents scatterplots about income and health, income and child mortality, as well as, life expectancy per family size. He uses the scatterplots to show us, over time that the West is no longer the big super power people once thought the west was. Also, Rosling described we shouldn’t differentiate developing and developed countries based, on family size, income, life expectancy, or health, because their is no longer a difference between developing and developed countries, as the third world countries have caught up to the Western countries.
The video did end up changing my mindset on the world’s classification of “we” and “them”. I never displayed a deeper knowledge on the outside world, and how the other countries outside the United States function. My first impression was everyone else was struggling to get by where they are currently living, hence why a mass amount of people were moving over to the U.S. My opinion ended up changing after viewing Rosling’s TED talk. The reason being, is because actually after being informed through Rosling’s research, the countries I would classify as “them”, have actually been…...

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