As mentioned in last week’s McNeil (2011) reading “hundreds and thousands of people... are writing and publishing serial chronicles of daily life” (p.313), as part of this daily timeline of activities, Facebook has introduced the ‘Check-in’ option. The most popular ‘check-in’ is at meal times (usually accompanied by a photo of the dish) when people are eating out or even enjoying their food from the comfort of their home. Sharing our interests in food and preference in restaurant through virtual networks encourages connections with people whom have similar taste that we may not normally associate with.
Atkins and Bowler (2001) state that “the distinction between social groups, especially classes, in their taste for food and other commodities may become a badge of their identity” (p.272), Kuttainen (2013) also portrayed food as a representation of people’s identities (i.e. culture and ethnic background) in this week’s lecture. If I were to dine at a restaurant such as Giardini’s Italian Pizza and Pasta or order Chinese take-out, I would be eating food from a different cultural background. The ‘Check-in’ option on Facebook allows me to publicise this and most likely enable me to connect with one of my Facebook friends who is from that cultural background. I am experiencing a part of their identity by enjoying food from their culture.
Through Facebook people have also developed food networks where they share recipes and successful creations with each other, search for ideas, and look for tips. Hundreds of Facebook pages have been created to accommodate for peoples common appreciation of food, the following link is to a popular Facebook page based on food, feel free to follow the link to steal and share some of your own ideas:
Atkins, P., & Bowler, I. (2001). Food in Society: Economy, Culture, Geography. London, England: Arnold. a member of the Hodder Headline Group
Kuttainen, V. (2013). BA1002: Our Space: Networks, Narrratives and The Making Of Place, Lecture 7: Food Networks. [Lecture] Retrieved from: http://learnjcu.edu.au
McNeill, L. (2011). Diary 2.0?: A genre moves from page to screen. In Language and New Media. (C.Rowe & E.L Wyss, Ed.). Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press Inc.