Friday, October 28, 2016

Blog 3- Community

In the memes I found for this particular case study, it can be noticed that while these memes speak about the current situation involving the Muslim faith and how they are treated in America, they speak in a more negative connotation about how society views these individuals policies. In these attempts to poke fun at the President/presidential hopeful, the authors of these memes have inadvertently given their own views and opinions on the current situation in regards to the Muslims/Muslim policy as well. In each of these cases, there is a blending of sorts of the online and offline context due to the fact that, while these individuals may have spoken some or part of the text that is read in the meme, the author puts their own twist on the subject. This is an example of what is known as "participatory culture" (Yadlin-Segal, 2014), because the authors are engaging in their own critical analysis of current events.

In these memes the idea of hatred towards Muslims in the context of how Hitler hated the Jews is expressed, as well as how some people view Pres. Obama's policy towards the Muslims in the US. These messages are communicated through clear satire, however, there is an underlying tone of disdain and possibly hatred towards the individual pictured.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blog 2- Identity

      My memes are almost entirely centered on the Muslim faith. Whether the memes directly or indirectly say the words “Muslim” or “Islam” it is clear that that is the focus of conversation in each of these images. Specifically, I hope to bring to light the vast differences in policy and acceptance of the Muslim faith in the United States between our current President and our presidential hopeful. While these memes do not specifically highlight any of the specifics about the actual theological beliefs of the Muslim faith, they do denote a certain reaction towards the decisions made by the actual members of the religion, of which are supposed to be more peaceful and understanding, along with those who are more radical and violent. 

One thing that can be noticed in each of these sets of memes is the fact that the Muslim faith is usually portrayed as a violent, war-mongering ideology. Although the approach taken by each of these men in regards to how to handle this subject is completely night and day, it is obvious, at least in my opinion, that the facts are clear. While Islam is supposed to be the “religion of peace,” it is clear from these memes that the author seems to think differently. On the other hand, the identity of this religion is kind of lost in these memes and, as stated by Lovheim, the actual religious aspects of the Islamic faith are “coherent, yet continuously revised” (Lovheim, 2008, pg. 50)  in an attempt to poke fun at the political candidate rather than highlight the actual religion itself. Because of the fact that the creator of these memes is so clear in their own stance about each of these characters and the religion they are depicting, what is known as the “second wave” (Ibid., pg 46) or the allowance of critical empirical study of the actual identity of both the subject of the meme and the character being represented is able to happen. When doing this study, it could be gained from these memes that the Islamic faith is one of strict adherence to their own policy with no tolerance for those who oppose their ideology, while those who are in authority either are complacent in regards to the handling of Muslim relations, or are in and of themselves radical in their policies as well.

Blog 1- Case Study: Views on Islam- Obama v Trump

For my case study, I will be comparing and contrasting memes on current President Barack Obama's policy in regards to the Muslim faith/Radical Islam versus presidential hopeful Donald Trump and the way that he handles policy about Muslims and his views on Radical Islam. From analyzing these memes, I hope to be able to denote the stark differences between the two on not only how they currently handle or would handle Muslim refugees, but how they would or will face the radical Islamic terrorist units that continuously attack our country and other countries around the world.

I will be highlighting each of these individuals policies, the religious and philosophical views of the Muslim faith versus the views of the more radical sects, and the way that this religion is portrayed in the various memes as well as how these individuals are portrayed in association with their policies about Islam.