Friday, November 4, 2016

Blog #4: Authority

This week's blog discusses how authority is defined online and offline and how that message changes.  Once again I am continuing the case study of religious memes about Ted Cruz.  It is important to note not just his role as a political leader, but a religious voice as well.  

The source of authority could probably be defined as the hierarchy or roles because they reference a religious leader or even the authority of God as a Christian.  You could even  say Cruz is perceived as a leader in this meme.  And in Cruz 7, he is being mocked as a leader.  The meme says "would a good christian man" endorse someone against his beliefs.  This is attacking his morals and who he is as a leader.  This points to the fact that he would not be a good political leader for the country since according to the creator of the meme, his beliefs do not match his actions.  This also goes along with describing authority while looking at ideology because his faith beliefs and shared identity of the Christian community are being judged.   


The logic used in this case study regarding authority being voiced is Logic of Dialectics and Paradox.  This type of logic states that new media both empowers and undermines religious authority.  This creates conflicting tensions and uneven gains.  The conflicting idea is that offline Cruz is regarded by many as a political leader who uses his religious beliefs to better his position in the government.  Online, people mock this characteristic of Ted Cruz and do not have anyone to answer to.


Depending on how an image is framed, especially with wording, impacts how the viewer perceives it.  If it makes a reference to their religious leader, they may be more cautious about it because they would not want to offend their leader or they might be offended themselves of someone taunting someone they hold in such high regards.  

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