Friday, October 28, 2016

Blog 3: Online and Offline Contexts of Discourse on Religion and Politics

     So far in my study of Ted Cruz and Christianity memes, a theme has started to emerge.  Most of these six memes tend to criticize Ted Cruz and use his religion and the beliefs drawn from Christianity against him.  This type of cross-media or transmedia seems to be blurring online and offline to create new context.  The blurring of online and offline has become increasingly popular with the changing of time and technology.  The abundance of multiple forms of media such as twitter, Facebook and Instagram, give people a diverse range of options to post and repost their content to an endless amount of people online.  This idea is supported from Dr. campbell's article, Understanding the Relationship between Religion Offline and Online in a Networked Society where on page 23 she writes that "current religious narratives, practices, and structures are able to become increasingly flexible, transitional and transnational as they are lived out both online and in an information - and technology-driven society"(Campbell, 2011, pg 23).  The combination of online and offline really allows for an individual to truly examine a religion and play with their own ideas about it.
     The ideas expressed in the memes studied mostly come from quotes Cruz has said either at debates or on the camp again trail.  These sayings are then scrutinized by his opponents and used against him to try to form a new narrative.  An example of how this has happened with Cruz is that Crus will mention how he believes he has been called to be the president and that it is God's will for him to be elected.  His opponents mock this because either they do not believe in God or they do not believe God has anything to do with Cruz and the presidency.  The meme Cruz 6 states "If Jesus wanted Canadians to be president, he would have written it into the constitution".  This meme mocks once again Cruz having claimed in the past that his presidency is God given and proclaiming that narrative.

Cruz 5

Cruz 6

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