Friday, November 4, 2016

Blog 4: Authority

There are three different types of logic which shape religious authority online. While the availability of the internet, it allowed anyone to say anything about any topic without censorship. This greatly undermined the role of authority in a traditional sense. In my study, the logic of disjuncture and displacement is most applicable because media is used to undermine religious authority and argue against traditional religious authority.
It cannot be the logic of continuity and complentarity, because that suggests that offline authority uses the internet to reassert their authority. It asserts that offline authority still holds the power to communicate religious ideologies and beliefs. My memes are not designed by religious authorities. In fact, they are the opposite. They are designed by people who either do not understand religion, or have a negative and incomplete view of it.
My memes also cannot be the logics of dialects and paradox, because that involves empowering religious authority. It suggests more of a competition between the two, however my memes are not so much in competition and communication with religious authority, as they are criticizing it.

These memes are undermining Mike Pence's authority, but not necessarily that of religious leaders. They are not criticizing the church, but this individual in particular. It could be argued, however, that he is under religious authority, and therefore his religion itself is silly.

The two following memes are examples of people disturbing the status quo.

"Oh you want religious freedom, did you try giving it first?"
This is a sarcastic comment made toward Mike Pence, which shows that his authority is silly and unfounded. It suggests he does not understand what he is fighting for, and is ironic in his way of going about protecting religious freedom.

"Excuses give by Gov Mike Pences for signing his religious freedom law... 5"
This greatly undermines his actions because of the claim that he is simply giving excuses, and his reasons for signing the law were invalid.

While these are not directly attacking religious authority in a traditional sense, they are putting themselves in a position of power to criticize and point out laws in reasoning.


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