Thursday, November 10, 2016

Blog Post 5

The authenticity of Christianity is challenged due to the online culture. Based on the memes collected so far, the digital culture has shaped Christianity as being contradictory and hypocritical. The online culture is quick to shame those who claim to be religious but still support Trump. Online discourse challenges Christianity and why they would not only support a candidate like trump but in whole be for the Republican Party. The Christian faith is founded on values such as giving, love, acceptance, evangelism, service etc.  The two memes collected this week continue to question the authenticity of Trumps representation of Christianity. Trumps actions are broken away from what Christianity is. Because his character doesn’t reflect the values of Christianity, the media has a misconception of the faith. The first meme calls upon Trumps Christianity in a sarcastic manner; calling out the hypocrisy of how donalds actions don’t align with Christian beliefs. This image challenges the offline identity of Christianity. It falsely labels each part of the picture to condemn Trump and almost Christianity. The second meme calls out the supporters of Trump. Claiming that the supporters praise Trump and degrade true Christians. However, in reality many of his supporters support his political ideologies and not religious ideologies. This is another area where the media has misrepresented Trump and his followers. Based on the memes and images collected thus far it could be assumed that with this topic the online and offline contexts are broken- away. Many of the images with the quotes are taken out of context and used to portray negative values. Such as Beliefs and statements that are false or incomplete from the true identity of Christianity.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Authority - Blog Post 4

Authority in the christian faith is set up in a hierarchal system. Priest are given authority in regards to people leaders and figures that followers listen to and look up to.  Authority figures within the Christian faith consist of priest of mega churches or famous speakers; such as Joel Osteen, Bob Goff and Todd Wagner are major figures within the Christian faith. Once again both of my memes involve the republican candidates Donald Trump; and how memes portray Christianity through him. The first image, which is the one that says " Trump Pius the First" actually mocks leaders within faith. I would consider this completely online discourse. The picture is obviously made completely online and the narrative is also from online discourse. Once again, we see how media is portraying Donald Trump and therefore Christianity as hypocritical. My second meme is not as related to authority as the first. I chose this meme to show how their is no overall trend among memes of Donald Trump and the correlation with Christianity. In the matters of authority, I personally perceive christianity as being complementary with online discourse. As stated in Professor Campbells notes the internet is used by established leaders to extend offline influence. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Blog Post 3

The case study I have decided to investigate is the division of votes within the Republican Party, which is predominately Christian. Based on past voting history, people of the Christian faith tend to vote for the republican nominee. This election, however, there has been noticeable split within the Republican Party and specifically the Christian voters. I want to know if this split is occurring because of how media is portraying Christianity and trump or if its based on other factors. The two memes I have decided to investigate this week consist of condescending Wonka and a picture of Donald Trump with quotes regarding him as “The Christian Beloved”. With regards to the fist meme, Condescending Wonka, I would consider this a blending narrative. I believe it is bridging because the ideas expressed in this meme come from offline discourse, and placed on an online picture (aka Wonka). Therefore the offline discourse is interconnected onto the online narrative. It comes to the conclusion that Christianity and Trump are contradictory and condescending. The ideas expressed in this meme are drawn from the offline perspective Christianity and Republican party. The ideas, language and theme of this meme are mostly negative and poke fun of the opposing views of the Christian faith and their political beliefs. I would also consider the second meme a bridging meme. I believe it is bridging, mainly because the picture is taken at an offline event, and isn’t the product of the online. Both the picture and the narrative are the picture are from offline discourse but have been brought into the online sphere through this meme. The ideas of this meme are similar to the Wonka meme. It creates a negative perspective on Trump and his personal faith in Christianity. Most of the memes I have looked at with regards towards trump and Christianity have been negative. The majority of the memes create the idea that Christianity is contradictory and that Trump doesn’t fit the Christian mold as the Republican Nominee.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blog Post 2 
My specific case study involves medias portrayal of Christianity through the Republican Candidate Donald Trump.  Christianity within the media is portrayed as contradictory, especially within the beliefs and policies of the Republican Party. Based on the memes I have selected people would interpret that Christianity is a religion of not only evangelism and serving others. For example, the republican Jesus and the condescending Wonka memes both target how Christianity’s core beliefs and traits don’t align with their policies or what they support. They interpret Christianity as being hypocritical. Almost like they talk the talk but don’t live out what they believe. The identity of people associated with this belief could be described as striving to do right despite societies beliefs; whereas the perspective from someone outside this religion would describe the Christian identity as insensitive or selfish. For example, Christians who vote pro- life would consider abortion as murder and therefor wrong. However, those associated outside Christianity, support pro- choice and don’t view abortion as murder. They believe that it should be the women’s choice and that it would be insensitive to think differently.  It is difficult to present the complex religion of Christianity in societies perspective. Many don’t and can’t understand the reason behind republican’s choices of pro-life and pro tax cuts.  The media in my opinion hasn’t done a good job at portraying the Christina identity and unfortunately Trump hasn’t represented it well either. The challenges that Christianity face with media and the Internet is that it is constantly under attack for every wrong move or action without much grace.

By: Sarah Nelson 

Paper 2 Proposal and Abstract
By: Sarah Nelson

            Many candidates in the beginning of the election openly expressed their personal religion and specifically Christian values.  From Ben Carson to Ted Cruz and now for the republican nominee Donald Trump, these political figures have been open about expressing their faith and how their faith is inspiring them to be strong, moral leaders. However as the election has narrowed down to two candidates, we see how religion is either helping or hurting their campaign, specifically Donald Trump. For instance, Donald has stated many times how his is a believer. He openly reads scripture and talks about his christian religion and upbringing. This case study will investigate how media is portraying Donalds religious beliefs and life. This election has had a split within the Republican Party. The Republican Party carries a stereotype of being predominately Christians, however why is the vote for Trump so split. Is it because of the medias portrayal of Trumps religious views? Is it because people believe that the Republican Party doesn’t align with Christian beliefs? Or could it be people are getting offended by electorates outspoken Christianity and evangelism? These are questions that this case study will investigate and research with regards to the relationship of religion, politics and the current election.