recreational grief, mourning sickness, lapel loutism, grief lite

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Anton S. (LingvoDa) написал 13 января 2006 02:39

Вчера прочел на сайте World Wide Words - по адресу - статью про эти выражения. Явление, обозначаемое ими, для России пока не типично, но на Западе имеет характер эпидемии. Поэтому, надо думать, встречаться они будут все чаще и чаще, и переводчикам придется с ними помучиться. Может быть, у Вас уже есть какие-то эквиваленты для них? Я пока ничего кроме "игра в сострадание" или "горе понарошку" не придумал.

Для ясности привожу контекст:
The British think tank Civitas published a report this week under the title Conspicuous Compassion. Its author, Patrick West, argues that public outpourings of grief, such as those after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and following a number of recent child murders, show that society has not become more caring or altruistic, but more selfish. He asserts that what seem to be public signs of caring—such as wearing coloured ribbons, signing Internet petitions, and carrying banners saying “Not In My Name”—are part of a culture of ostentatious caring which is about feeling good, not doing good; of projecting one’s ego and thereby showing others what a deeply caring individual you are, not actually doing anything that makes a difference.
My reason for describing his thesis is not to promote discussion of it, but to give the context for the language with which West girds his polemic. He includes many emotive phrases that have been used in recent years, both in the USA and the UK, to refer to such public displays: the conspicuous compassion of his title, plus recreational grief, grief-lite, mourning sickness, post-emotional age, passive victimhood, and the lapel loutism of empathy ribbons; he talks about the Three Cs of modern life (compassion, caring and crying in public) and the way that the traditional one minute’s silence has lengthened and so has undergone compassion inflation. Most of these phrases have been independently reinvented several times, though recreational grief and grief-lite seem to have been coined by Ian Jack in Granta magazine in December 1997 in an article about the events in London in the days after Princess Diana’s death.

Алексей Г. написал 13 января 2006 03:59

Показательное/показушное сострадание?