Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blog Post #2: Examining My Dank Memes & What They Tell Us

My case study is going to be focused on the use of internet memes to communicate and discuss the apparent contradictions between Republican ideology and Christianity, the religion primarily subscribed to by Republican people. Based on the images I have used as examples, we can gather information about Christian values, Republican values, the contradictions between the two ideologies, and how Democrats use these to paint a negative picture of Republican politicians and voters. At the core of Christianity is a belief in Jesus Christ as the son of God, obviously. Furthermore, Christians believe in the values of kindness, equality, generosity, helping those in need, and pacifism. These traits are taken by people with opposing views and compared against apparently contradicting ideas held by Republicans (such as the opposition of same-sex marriage, government controlled healthcare, and welfare programs) in an effort to discredit them and their Presidential nominees. In the two sample images I have provided below, the Republican stances on welfare and general ideas of capitalism are being criticized due to the perceived contradicting beliefs between the conservative platforms and basic tenants of biblical Christianity which appear extremely socialist. People creating these types of images are usually associated with the political left and subscribe to atheism, agnosticism, or some other form of secular thinking. They are clearly being critical of Republican ideology. The representation of Christians in these types of memes can often be skewed and misinformed in an effort to further support the claim being made or because of pure ignorance. However, this is not always the case, with many of these memes pointing out seemingly condemning flaws in Christian Republican logic.

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