Cooking, Eating, Uploading: Digital Food Cultures
The Handbook of Food and Popular Culture, edited by Kathleen LeBesco and Peter Naccarato. To be published by Bloomsbury, London, Forthcoming
Posted: 10 Aug 2016
Date Written: August 5, 2016
In this chapter, I provide an overview and analysis of the ways in which food and eating practices and preferences are documented and represented with digital technologies. The chapter includes discussion of websites, blogs, social media and mobile apps. These digital media work to represent, locate and share food-related images, ideas, beliefs and practices in novel ways. I identify several important features of contemporary digital technologies, including the role played by participatory culture and the sharing ethos, the convergences and cross-platform affordances of digital media and the value attributed to big data about food in the digital data economy. Such elements as the visual properties of food and consuming bodies, the geolocation of sites in which food is prepared, purchased and consumed and the quantification of food and bodies are brought to the fore in digital food cultures. Key directions for future research are outlined.
Keywords: food, digital technologies, digital media, websites, blogs, social media, mobile apps, participatory culture, big data, digital data economy
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