This week we are exploring how religious identity is presented and negotiated in digital culture. In the class lecture we discussed identity as process where an individual develops capacity to grasp meaning about themselves and their position in everyday life. Online identities refers to the strategies individuals use to present their self-reflection in the digital environment by drawing on a variety of selected content, images, symbols to visualize their identity. Religious identity focuses on how individual understand their relationship to a given religious or spiritual context and seek to express this in visual and verbal ways.
In this week’s blog you are asked to reflect on how the memes you are studying represent the religious identity of the specific group you are studying. Attentions should be paid to the images, symbols and dominant ideas that are spotlighted in these memes and how these highlight certain dominant characteristics or assumptions of this religious community.
Please respond to ONE of the following questions:
-What are the common and prominent images or symbols highlighted in these meme that are highlight as key markers of this religious group?
-Are there certain ideas that are accentuated in these memes that speak to the perceived beliefs of this community?
After you share your observations, please answer BOTH of the following questions:
-Why do you think these are highlighted in these memes? What messages are being communicated by the ways these are presented?
-How do your observations relate to claims about how religious identity is presented and negotiated in digital culture as express in the class lecture and readings this week?