Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blog 1: Intro to Religion, Politics, and Memes



This case study will be discussing memes used to communicate about Governor Mike Pence and religion. Governor Pence is the running mate and selected Vice President for Donald Trump, the republican nominee  in the 2016 election. Pence is the Governor of Indiana and in 2015 signed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act. His action to introduce this bill, for many different reasons, because a source of criticism. His critics claim that he uses religious freedom as a way to discriminate against the LGBT community, and others find his stance on Muslim immigration hypocritical and anti-religious freedom. The memes below show some of the critiques of his religious beliefs and are used to call attention to or criticize his beliefs.
The memes below show some of the critiques of his religious beliefs and are used to call attention to or criticize his beliefs.
The purpose is to observe how people use memes to communicate different social ideas. In this case, memes are used to cast a negative light on a politician and point out some issues in his policies that they believe to be true. This research will study at least ten different memes in depth, finding commonalities and differences among them. A weekly blog will be used to track the findings of this research project and will be updated as more information is found regarding memes, Mike Pence, and religion. This research will also be coupled with scholarly sources that will help describe how memes are used in general and can be applied to this study in particular. 

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