Thursday, November 10, 2016

Blog 5: Authenticity

Digital culture is used to challenge offline ideas of authentic religion. These memes do so by drawing attention to the irony between what is professed and the way religion ought to be played out, versus what is actually being done. It is through an online medium that the meme-makers are challenging offline contexts, like public policy and rhetoric surrounding policy issues.

For example, "Mike Pence calls Trump's ban on letting muslims enter the United States 'offensive and unconstitutional'". By reporting this quote, through an online medium meme-makers are discussing the hypocrisy between Pence's passion for religious freedom, and his pairing with Trump, who claims he does not wish to allow Muslims enter the U.S. This was an event said offline, but was then translated online, which makes for a bridged connection between the online and offline realities.
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Another example of the online context challenging what happens in the online is the below meme:
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By connecting "religious zealot" with a "train wreck," his identity as a Christian is being attacked. His unwavering belief toward his religion counted as a negative, because it communicates a dogmatic personality that does not bring new ideas to America, but rather takes it back in time to a less inclusive country. 

Both of these memes are criticizing authentic religion by pointing out the ways in which beliefs contradict. One aspect of Christianity is to "do unto others as those who do unto you," as seen in a previous meme, is dichotomous to "discrimination against LGBT," from a previous meme, because it does not foster an environment of love.

These contexts of these memes are bridging the online and offline contexts, because they are challenging offline culture through an online medium. It bridges the two by way of sarcasm, humor, and reporting. 

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