Thursday, November 10, 2016

[blog five]

 Throughout all of the Story Time Jesus memes, there is always a casual conversation happening as if Jesus is friendly and casual. This specific offline person has been deemed as the guy to get "all your clever" advice from. We see that there are followers gathered around him as if they would be doing that when Jesus was alive. In the New Testament there are many accounts of Jesus having followers and Jesus speaking in front of crowds. In those stories you see the genuineness of Jesus. He would walk alongside the sick, heal the hurt, love all the people all the time. The offline religious culture of who Jesus is, is accurately depicted in every one of these memes. Most of the memes are specifically about his nature of love and what he would do and what He wants his people to do. Others have taken more of a humorous political stand by Jesus supposedly making comments about the current election. We see that Jesus is made authentic online. His character and authority offline is presented online through the memes. There is however a contrast. Some have made Story Time Jesus someone who could care less about politics, "would never vote republican" and is telling people to above all "love everyone", "even the Muslims" Whereas the meme below bluntly has Jesus saying that "Trump would make a great F****** President" 

The individuals who are creating specific Story Time Jesus memes are contrasting his offline with the online. The case to be made is that there is now a blurring of the offline and online. The authority that Jesus has with His followers offline is clearly being stated here, but what He believes and professes is being blurred in the online. There is not a blurring of his authority and what Christianity is, but a misrepresentation of how he would actually be speaking to the people who loves. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

[blog four]

 The common hierarchy authority is Jesus Christ. He is the recognized leader of Christianity. He is marked as being a teacher and one who knew no sin. The authority he had over others was given by God. In present day, people who believe that Jesus is the savior are guided by his example. The structure of this authority throughout a community is how Christians follow Christ's example. They attend church services to hear teachings about the words He and his followers have said. In the present day church, there are several denominations. Baptist, Catholicism Church of Christ, Methodist, Presbyterian. Communities within Christianity value togetherness and corporate worship. 
The ideologies of each denominations are full of a variety of practices. In the case of Catholicism, one of the Leaders in the church is the Pope, where as a nondenominational church doesn't have a official leader, but several "teaching pastors" that help walk through the text.  Although specific practices among all of the denominations are look different from others, the text that holds the authority is the Bible. The Bible contains many stories of prophets and encounters with Jesus. It is to be viewed as a text that carries authority throughout generation to. When story time Jesus says, "I don't want four versions of this going around" It humorizes the fact that others have adapted changed their sacred text. This has been taken from an offline context. The Bible references many times that Jesus has spoken publicly about how to live. What the creator of this meme has done, is changed the topics or made them more sarcastic to appeal to current events that are happening. 

In the case of Story Time Jesus the authority of Jesus is being shaped to demonstrate his influence. He is taking scripture from the Bible and using it in a funny way to remind the people gathered around him to follow his commandments. All of the memes either scripture or apply biblical principals to everyday life. This case study pertains to the present day election because Story Time Jesus is telling followers not to disregard their beliefs when voting for specific individuals. 

In digital religion, the Logic of Continuity and Complementary states a reminding of the offline authority, in the online. (Digital Religion, p. 78) Since this day and age, more and more individuals are on the internet, researching and professing things, the case study of Story Time Jesus shows its capability of influencing voters who identify with Christianity. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

[blog three]

Story Time Jesus is telling a story of unity. On "" you find out that this original painting was inspired to show that Jesus loved sharing about his love for his people and for his Father. He has many people gathered around to show that he has love for every type of race and ethnicity. The painting was to declare that he brings everyone back together again. This message is of the original painting shows that Jesus accepts everyone with love and followers of Jesus should too. This is one of the main principles in Christianity. "We love because he first loved us" There is a very distinct and inviting way about him in just the picture himself. This is present a case that He deserves to be heard and followed. 

Politically, Story time Jesus is pleading with the people to stop the nonsense that is happening within the election. The use of a religion to promote your campaign is the exact opposite of what Story time Jesus is warning against. Referring to politics, Jesus could care less about what the people think they need. Individuals are calling out to him and questioning "but what if" or "how about this candidate" and "what is the policy"? Story time Jesus is saying, "Love others, feed the hungry, do justice, help the widow" Story time Jesus is using a blunt one sided conversation to express that followers of Jesus should  filter all that they do, think and respond to politically through Christ's love for his people. 

I would say that in the case of Story Time Jesus, it is blending online context with offline context.  There is a seamless connection between the individual using this meme to take practical teachings from the bible and relate them to politics. In Digital Religion, Chapter 4, Heidi Campbell says, "Studies have consistently found that Internet users conceptually and practically connect their online and offline social lives rather than seeing them as separate or disconnected spheres."(Campbell, 2013) The user that created the meme fully knew the context of the miracles performed in the bible. He used what he had taken from religion offline and blended the information onto a online internet outlet. From then on, individuals have taken the Story Time Jesus meme and made it more conversational about current topics, not just old bible stories. 

Ideas from lecture to consider: 

bridging: offline and online are distinct yet linked
blending: online and offline interconnected so seamless flow between
blurring: online and offline integrated in new content created

Friday, October 21, 2016

[blog two]

My case study focuses on the religion of Christianity. In today’s American culture, it is often complex and interchangeable. Most Christians have picked apart the bible to make it more applicable with how they want to live. In politics, Christianity is looked at as a kick starter for you campaign. Some critiques have pointed out that individuals use their faith to advance their platform. This is not what was intended for followers of Christ. In everyday life and politics Christians are viewed as lukewarm hypocrites or judgmental evangelicals. Story time Jesus expects more from his people however.

After looking as several Story time Jesus memes, I found that He tries to simplify what current day believers have complicated. He is constantly correcting a miscommunication between the church and the word of God. He quotes the bible and uses slight sarcasm to redirect the thought process of people who claim to follow him. Story time Jesus is critiquing present day Christians and their political beliefs. One meme I came across was Story time Jesus scoffing and saying, “Do you guys really think I would vote Republican?” This is implying that followers of Christ need to stop identifying with a party and view the Election as a follower of Christ before filtering it through the “Conservative or Liberal American Mindset.”

Sadly, a majority of political candidates’ motivation to incorporate “God Talk” into their campaign is to ignite their platform and seem more approachable to present day Christians. By having some sort of religious credentials now somehow qualifies you to be the next leader of the United States. What Story Time Jesus is saying is that we have got it all wrong. He is saying, love everyone and to apply that to how you view politics. What he wants to convey is that turning away Syrian Refugees is something He wouldn’t do and if a political candidate is professing Christianity, neither should they. 

[blog one]

Story Time Jesus, Syrian Refugees and The Election

For my paper, I plan to study the Story time Jesus meme about religion the Syrian Refugee crisis and the current election candidates. In America today, this is a topic that is alarming to some and second nature to others. Political candidates reference this, current offices holders speak cautiously on it and yet there is still an uproar between conservatives and liberals. There is a strong disconnect when looking at what a majority of Conservative Republicans, who claim to be christian, tend to say contrary to what scripture like Matthew 25 says.

By studying individuals in the current political election who relate to a Christian background, I hope to find a correlation with Christian Liberals adhering to Matthew 25:35-36 saying “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me”. What I am also taking into consideration is the selection of the write in candidates. By having a large number of individuals, I can research multiple election nominees.The memes about religion attached are just a few that related to this topic. I look forward to sharing sobering, honest and convicting research