Friday, November 11, 2016

Blog 5- Authenticity

This week, the question is raised on exactly how the offline culture that presents certain memes about Trump or Obama set the basis for their authenticity or accuracy. In all honesty, the vast majority of the memes I have found are not specifically designed to be "politically" accurate, as much as they are designed to take jabs at each of these individuals and make fun of their policies and attitudes towards the Muslim faith. This is evident in the majority of Trump memes; however, there is some form of back up as far as how he is viewed in society as a "racist, bigoted, fascist." On the other hand, some of the memes presented about President Obama are more aimed at portraying a picture of him either being Muslim or loving and valuing the Muslim faith/ideology over the wellbeing of his own country, which he has time and time again been questioned over.

In the context of this weeks memes, these memes are very broken-away from any form of authority on the subject. However, to say there is no authority behind these memes is also incorrect, due to the fact that these individuals who post these memes are speaking as what they feel is the "voice of the people" or the vox populi of sorts. This breaking away from what is viewed as "accurate" information, and leaning more towards biased opinions and jabs at the individual presented shows, at least in my opinion, that what might be authentic and legitimate to some may or may not be true and real for another. Each of these cases and the points they try to make are subjective specifically to the individual who creates them.

These two points are not to say that there is not a certain agreeable basis behind the context of the memes at hand; however, if one was looking for accurate and up to date information about how a political candidate or president feels on a certain issue, I feel that memes are not a good location to find this.

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