Capsule reports on framing patterns in news coverage on cultural themes, in a small, easy-to-swallow dose!
What does it mean to be generous? Recent coverage up through early September from the US to India such as this story has highlighted the generosity of donors to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
People can be generous with money, but you can also be generous, for example, with time. Here are a few contexts in which readers of news and blogs in the United States and India would have come across the term or its siblings (generously, generousness) since the beginning of the year.On the theme of donations, terms held in common included those related to money—for example, tax breaks—did in fact appear quite frequently (e.g., tax credits; Income Tax Department of India; UK pensions).
Love could also be described across the two audience worlds as generous, and in this case used to characterize people facing tragedy or disaster. For example, describing victims as generous and loving was a way to honor them, whether remembering heroic Kristy Boden from the London Bridge attack, murdered Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen in Virginia, or Keralan immigrant Cyriac Joseph.
On the lighter side, the love and generous pairing was also applied to celebrities such as music star Taylor Swift or Bollywood's Shah Rukh Khan. Generosity also appears to be a desirable quality in our significant others (this or this) and maybe dog walkers.
Here's one story that made its ways in a number of US- and India-based outlets due to its origin in the Associated Press (AP):
- Filipinos in Germany Are Most Generous Long-distance Lovers
US News and World Report (AP): 13 February 2017
A money transfer company says Filipinos in Germany are the most generous long distance lovers, sending on average $32.5 more than usual to loved ones back home for Valentine's Day.
The differences across audiences helped to suggest other possibilities for thinking about how the term generous is used. For example, we were reminded that in the world of cooking, measurements (teaspoon, tablespoon) can be generous:
- Vegan Cauliflower Bake – Creamy, Spiced, No Bake
Vegan Richa Blog: 6 September 2017
This India-born, Seattle-transplant blogger shared a recipe “sprinkled generously with toasty breadcrumbs which have garlic and pepper flakes for a smoky heat.”
Comparing and contrasting the dominant word cloud terms also reminded us that countries may or may not have generous refugee policies, and are experiencing strain in light of the migration crises. Examples include Uganda and Germany, Sweden until 2015 , and the possible deportation of Rohingya Muslims from India.
At Global Voices, stories that mentioned generosity were also tied to economics and celebrities, sometimes in unexpected ways:
- With Economy Unravelling, What Awaits the Turkmen Regime
19 June 2017
In Turkmenistan, the issue is not taxes but the discontinuation of generous subsidies like free water, electricity, and gas.
- Firing His Last Bolt — Jamaica's Superstar Sprinter Comes In Third To An Old, Unloved Rival In His Final Race
6 August 2017
We also encountered descriptions of Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt's generous defeat in his final 100 meters race
- Australian Children's Writer Mem Fox Says Her Detention at US Border Was ‘Traumatic’
2 March 2017
Australian author Mem Fox's struggle to remember her former experience of generosity and warm-heartedness by US citizens in light of an airport detention this year.
The weather continues to wreak havoc around the world, as we've reported in connection with the South Asian nations of Bangladesh, India, and Nepal and in Puerto Rico and across the rest of the Caribbean. Here's hoping that we continue to come together to express our generosity during the weeks to come.