Thursday, November 10, 2016

Blog 5: Authenticty

The offline culture is setting standards for the religious and political implications of this post because the idea of "True love wins" comes from a pro- LGBT culture that the Instagram user does not agree with. While being against LGBT marriage is an unpopular stance, the user is replicating authenticate conservative Christians beliefs by putting them in a new context online. The offline culture does influence the online culture of this meme because the Christian beliefs come from the conservative offline culture that is considered to be the most authenticate in the eyes of conservative religious leaders. But the offline and online contexts can again be considered blurred since the user is taking the idea of Christ dying on the cross and merging it with a phrase that was meant for the LGBT community. The user has created a new realm, online, to argue ideals that began in the offline church.

This meme is undermining Hillary's credibility by insinuating that the founder of planned parenthood was racist. Both quotes were created in the offline media, and brought into the online media together to make a point. Because abortion is an important issue for evangelical Christians, this meme may delve into the blurred lines of offline and online because when Hillary praised Margaret Sanger, she was not necessarily praising her stance on Black Americans. This meme, creates a new realm by placing the two quotes side by side, making an argument against abortion for Conservative Christians. Abortion is treated as a sin in many conservative churches, offline and the meme follows closely to that to be considered authenticate by many conservative Christians. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Blog 4

Christians typically hold an ideologies that are based on the Bible but not explicitly said, so the authority comes from a commonly shared belief. One of these is that Israel is important because they are God's chosen people. Another is that abortion is wrong. These ideologies are strongly held by this Instagram user and his or her followers. These are also strongly held by evangelical Christians. This authority emerges from the offline culture as it is something Christians have believed which emerged in the 1900s, much of when the online culture did not exist. But the second meme also calls upon the hierarchy authority since it was quoted by Ted Cruz. When the authority of the presidential candidate person is being used to back up the claims made by Christians and the republican party as a whole. Using the ideology of being against abortion as an authority creates a question for pop culture regarding Frodo from the Lord of the Rings. Christian culture says abortion is wrong and will stop the lives of very important people. The Logic of Continuity and Complementarity is being used because offline authority uses the internet to reassert influence. These memes are descriptive of commonly held Christian beliefs propagated by many Christian authority figures and doctrines of churches. The message being communicated is that Christians should never abandon Israel and Christians need to remember the importance of abortion in the elections. Both are hot topic issues that are influenced by evangelical beliefs. The memes point that if one believes the authority if the Christians doctrines, they will vote for the candidate who believes the same things.