Tuesday, November 1, 2016

blog 3- Online and Offline Contexts of Discourse on Religion & Politics

I have decided to focus my case study specifically on political cartoons, (instead of memes) because there are more details in the pictures I found online relating to Donald Trump and the Pope.  I still want to focus on how the media is making fun of Trump by depicting him as unethical and untrustworthy as the next President of the United States.

There are many political cartoons that criticize Trump from various angles, but he has recently expressed how he feels the election is "rigged" through the biasses of the media.   Trump states,"Remember, we are competing in a rigged election,"at a Wisconsin rally Monday night. "They even want to try and rig the election at the polling booths, where so many cities are corrupt and voter fraud is all too common." These claims of the election being rigged are vital because they could endanger the political system itself by destroying the trust of the electoral process.

He also goes onto tweet "The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary - but also at many polling places - SAD."  He is constantly belting out the claims, but there is yet to come out with any actual evidence that Trump has made.  

The two political cartoons I choose, act as bridging of online context based on the fact that Trump has stated he feels the media has been bias towards him during the Political campaign and these cartoons are trying to link the how the cartoons are supporting this unfavorable image of him to show/prove he is not who he claims to be.

In this cartoon,  Trump is depicted as the big bad wolf, he is making the claim that Climate change is a hoax and is wearing buttons that say, "Build a Wall" and "White Lives Matter."  The wolf is viewed as devious and with a hidden agenda, whereas the Pope is seen as a savior for the helpless lambs who are behind him.  The Pope is shown here as the one who is in the right and the title of the cartoon is named, "The Shepherd..."

The other political cartoon I choose is of Trump and the Pope and the big hand behind Trump is acting as "God."  I thought this cartoon was particularly comical and interesting because Trump is trying to go against  (to some) the most holiest man in the world.  Pope has his God to back up and defend everything he says and preaches, whereas Trump does not have the same to back up anything he claims.  The only thing to back up anything he says is himself, which to most, is not very credible or reassuring to hear especially from a Presidential candidate. 

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