Friday, 13 September 2013

Facebook + Food = Facefood?

Facebook + Food = Facefood?


In the lecture this week, Kuttainen stated that “food is not just food… food can be a repository of culture (a mirror) and a transformer of culture.” Food associates with one’s culture, and often we recognize countries through their food, like, when thinking of pizza and pasta, one might think of Italy, or when thinking of snails and frogs legs, we might think of France. Food has a way of bringing cultures together, as types of food are not restricted to one part of the world.

Food is quite present on Facebook, as it can be seen quite often, such as, when people post pictures of the food they have made, when people write statuses about restaurants whether they are recommending or critiquing a business, businesses can advertise their products on Facebook, posting recipes on Facebook, making group pages related to food, or when people use food in videos, such as Vines. Clearly, there are many situations where food can be involved on Facebook.

“Guided by the profit motive, the corporations that sell our food shape and constrain how we eat and how we think about food.” (Patel, R. 2007). This is similar to Facebook. We read what other people write about restaurants, which can shape the way we think about the food at that particular place, and could impact our decisions to go to that restaurant. This is much like Tuan (1991) who states, “language is a force that all of us use everyday, to build, sustain and destroy.” It is not so much the corporations that impact of views of food on Facebook, but more of our peers.

The image used in this blog was the image used in an article called “Facebook examines Facefood juice bar sign in Cardiff by Elise Jenkins. If you would like to read more about the relationship between Facebook and Facefood, go to


Kuttainen, V. 2013. BA1002: Our Space: Networks, Narratives, and the Making of Place, Week 7 Notes (PowerPoint). Retrieved from:
Patel, R. 2007. Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the world Food System. Great Britain; Portobello Books Ltd.  

Tuan, Y. (1991). Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Taylor& Francis, LTD. Retrieved from:



  1. Hi Summer,
    You identified clearly in your blog how food is involved in numerous ways on Facebook. I specifically like how you discuss how we as individuals base a lot of our opinions on food choices based on others opinions. We definitely would be more inclined to attend to a restaurant that our friends had raved about on Facebook and avoid places and food with bad reviews. This aligns with what Atkins & Bowler (2001) state with taste having both “physical and social meanings” (p.272). They go on discuss our taste being socially-derived from our desire “for our consumption habits to show us in the best possible light” (Atkins & Bowler, 2001, p.272).


    Atkins, P., & Bowler, I. (2001).The origins of taste. In Food in Society: Economy, Culture, Geography (pp. 272-293). London, England: Arnold.

  2. Hi Summer,

    I like how you have described the way in which food represents people. I believe that Kuttainen (2013) was correct in her statement that “food is not just food… food can be a repository of culture (a mirror) and a transformer of culture.” This view is also supported by Atkins & Bowler (2001) who stated that “the distinction between social groups... their taste for food and other commodities may become a badge of their identity” (p.272) In my time as a Facebook user, I have noticed the way that people connect through food over Facebook. Facebook helps us with this, in the way that it encourages us to share our interests and preferences in food choice. By doing this they are able to screen our likes and dislikes and advertise appropriate material, such as food Facebook pages and sites on our newsfeed. Then through these pages and sites we are able to connect with others that have similar taste.

    Good luck with your last blog!


    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: