In recent times, the world was divided into what were called the Industrialized World and the Third World.
But the global economic integration that has taken place within the past decade or so has meant a shift that for many is much desired and for others is dreadful.
Many of the day to day conditions of the developed North American, European and Japanese have been exported to cities throughout Asia and Latin America. You can find parts of Bangkok and Bogota that can emulate just about anything you find in the Anglo, European, Japanese countries.
But unfortunately for many Americans, it inevitably means that this spread goes the other way. Many ways of life from the less developed world are being exported to the West.
And it's really an accident of history and that's why I wrote it here.