This article explores the ways in which social media, specifically Twitter, can provide transparency to local and national food systems. Those interested in and invested in food systems should focus more attention on the mundane, but easily dismissed, photos and tweets that populate Twitter, Instagram, and other social media feeds, especially those from chefs, mobile food vendors, and fishermen and women. As evidence, the article includes excerpts from interviews with and observations of chefs, food cart operators, and fishermen and women operating in the state of Rhode Island.
More than Food Porn: Twitter, Transparency, and Food Systems
Michael Pennell is Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. He teaches courses on social media, food and social media, and technical writing. Currently, he is beginning a new research project focused on the rhetorics of neurogastronomy.
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Michael Pennell; More than Food Porn: Twitter, Transparency, and Food Systems. Gastronomica 1 November 2016; 16 (4): 33–43. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2016.16.4.33
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