Why do you think science fiction and other "fantastic" literary forms are important in the third world?When I read his post, my first response was pretty much "is the term 'Third World' even applicable today when it comes to fiction, much less SF fiction?" You can see the discussion to date in the link there. Shaun was curious, after my own bit of curiosity what writers from countries like Brazil, an emerging economic power that used to have that 'Third World' label stuck to them, would make of such a question. The responses on Twitter were interesting and apparently later there will be posted comments on Shaun's blog.
So, with this background provided (and knowing that how I worded it may have prejudiced some), what do you make of the professor's question? How useful, if at all, are labels such as 'Third World' in trying to discuss trends outside of a few European, North American, and East Asian markets? Responses both here and at Shaun's blog would be greatly appreciated.