Friday, October 24, 2014

Advice God & Demotivational posters

There are many different kinds of atheists. Some are more vocal about their beliefs (or lack thereof) and often set a stereotype that those of the atheist community are mean spirited and out to eradicate religion. I would argue this is not the case. Atheists often believe that religion stands in the way of scientific reasoning and keeps people from thinking rationally and objectively. 

The memes I chose to look at this week from the Atheist Meme base Facebook page were an "Advice God" and two "Demotivational memes." Each of the memes highlighted evoke a sense of sarcasm and drive to instill rational thought.

 Pictured to the Left is "Advice God." If you know anything about Advice God, he actually gained popularity in 2010, but his origins come from the meme "Advice Animal." The face pictured is actually from Michelangelo's painting "The Creation of the Sun and the moon." This meme in particular evokes a sense of sarcasm. The first line "Thousands of religions" seems vague and a little obvious, but the second line "Hope you guessed right," suggests that is silly to choose a religion, when many religions claim they are the sacred and prophetic. Religion, such as Christianity asks those to follow (if taken literally) Jesus. Those who not will go to hell. Its generalizing and breaking down a complex topic, but the meme is implying "Good luck, everyone thinks they're right, so why should you?" One person comments essentially saying that there is no "right" religion, because religious practices are often determined on your culture and location in the world. Another person said people might as well close their eyes and put their finger on a colored spinning wheel.

This next two images are "demotivational posters:" which are meant to "diminish morality" or self-esteem. Both images function similarly. Much like Advice God, sarcasm is lays on thick.

The image above is often seen on cloudy days or at sunset. Somehow the light streams from the sky in such a way that it looks ethereal, celestial. The poster functions as a dialogue. The first poster embedded is arguing to atheists that they have seen something from the divine which a miracle. The atheist argument is something scientific. Here they claim "Pareidolia." It's often seen in the news as a the woman who finds Jesus on her toast and claims it was divine works. The atheist claims science, they want rationality to explain that its really just a psychological phenomenon where the brain is stimulated in such a way that something familiar seems significant.

Above, we have two images — Jesus and Godzilla. This poster brings more humor into the discussion. It's still suggesting the idea of pareidolia, or maybe that people fabricate their experiences  with the divine. However, the poster also suggests that believing in Jesus is also quite similar to believing in Godzilla — neither exist.

Listed below are my sample of memes I plan to discuss throughout the duration of this project (including the above three)

Meme 1
Meme 2
Meme 3
Meme 4
Meme 5 
Meme 6
Meme 7
Meme 8
Meme 9
Meme 10
Meme 11
Meme 12

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