Friday, November 4, 2016

Blog 4- Authority

Clearly presented in this week’s memes are two staunchly different views of the authority of Islam as portrayed by Donald Trump and President Obama. In the first meme, the authority of the ideology of the Muslim faith comes into question; this is proven in the Qur’an when it states, “one such thing that needs to be avoided is swine flesh or pork…” (Qur’an 2:173). Although the President of the United States does not explicitly follow Islam or its ideologies, it is clear that the implication is being made that he does, and is breaking its rules and commandments. On the other hand, we have a direct quote from Trump about the “religion of peace” and putting into question just how “peaceful” Islam actually is. From this tweet, which was actually sent out on Trump’s personal Twitter, it can be clearly noted that Trump does not follow suit with what the Muslim faith says they believe versus how a select few of them act.

The logic portrayed in these memes is a mixture of the logic of continuity and complementarity with the logic of dialectics and paradox. By this, I mean that while in the first meme, the offline user is projecting their own views of President Obama onto him by labeling a Muslim who is breaking the faith-based laws, this is not necessarily true, and this mindset has actually led to many online and offline conflicts. In the case of the Trump meme/tweet, Trump is using his own authority in order to convince others that maybe the Muslim faith isn’t as peaceful as they make themselves sound. This fear-mongering tool has been used countless times by politicians in order to push their own agendas or in order to get public action rolling. These two cases are just a couple of thousands of accounts of the words and actions taken by political candidates being twisted or taken out of context, or even straight from the context they are used, to give a voice to the thoughts and mindsets of the people.

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