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
” by Elise Jenkins. If you would
like to read more about the relationship between Facebook and Facefood, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-20325784. Cardiff
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Patel, R. 2007. Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the world Food System.
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‘Facefood’ image retrieved at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-20325784