The case study that I have chosen most commonly uses bridging as its form of integration for the content of its materials in the memes it posts. It uses, in almost every post, a mixture of the online and the offline that have distinct contexts in and of themselves but they are linked by the memes that are shared/created by the Facebook paged titled, “God”. In one of the three memes I have provided for this weeks blog it is essentially a screen shot of a Twitter post from Nick Martucci (@BlunderingIdiom) that reads, “Birth Control? BAN IT! Abortion? BAN IT! Gay marriage? BAN IT! GUNS? Look, banning things never works. People will find ways to get them”. This post/meme plays directly on the assertion by many right-winged Christian voters, that all of the things that they claim their religion hates/opposes need to be banned but that something that is aiding the murder of tens of thousands of people in the US each year alone, is too important to them to ban. So important that, the post highlights this in a satirical way, the claim is that even if its banned people will still do it anyway so it should not be banned. This contradicts most of the reasoning they hold behind banning the other things mentioned in the post. The other meme I have provided for this week shows Yoda, from Star Wars, and it reads, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to supporting Donald Trump”. This meme is playing directly on the assertion by many of Donald Trump’s opponents that claim that he is using fear mongering as a tactic to inspire his supporters to follow him out of fear for what may happen if they do not follow him. The third meme that I have provided for this week shows Jesus speaking to a crowd and in the meme Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor…”, only to be interrupted by a spectator with Donald Trump’s face pasted on them that reads, “WRONG!!”. This meme is directly referring to how Donald Trump would respond to Hillary Clinton during the presidential debates when he disagreed with a statement she made. This post is linking that occurrence to the belief that Donald Trump will believe what he wants to believe, regardless of who may oppose it, and that if they oppose Donald’s way of thinking then they are nothing more than being completely wrong.
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