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Food and the Internet

Proceedings of the 20 th International Ethnological Food Research Conference, Department of Folklore and Ethnology, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Łodź, Poland, 3–6 September 2014

Edited By Violetta Krawczyk-Wasilewska and Patricia Lysaght

Discourses about food, especially on social media, affect the dietary choices of many people on a daily basis all over the world. In recognition of this phenomenon, the selection of 25 ethnological essays in this volume explores the effects of the digital age on post-modern food culture. It examines the influence of the Internet as a provider of a seemingly limitless flow of information and discourse about food sources, production, distribution and consumption. It also analyses the attitudes towards food in the context of ecological, environmental, ethical, health, and everyday lifestyle issues – at local, regional and global levels.
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When Old Meets New. The Demonstration of Traditional Slovene Dishes and Locally Produced Food on the Internet: Maja Godina Golija

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Maja Godina Golija

When Old Meets New. The Demonstration of Traditional Slovene Dishes and Locally Produced Food on the Internet

Introduction

Living with the Internet and communicating in cyberspace have become everyday praxis and our new reality. Even very intimate fields of culture, such as food, love, sexuality and family life, have become important parts of the new media and means of communication, often under a veil of anonymity. As virtual worlds develop on the Internet and become more integrated into people’s daily lives, it is necessary to examine issues concerning how these online representations through the electronic medium affect people’s social life and personal identities (Palmgren 2009, p. 20). Whenever identity is mediated in this way, it is also remediated because a particular medium is always understood in relation to other media both past and present (Waskul 2003, p. 3). Today, we view ourselves and our culture in and through media representations. We are not fully constructed by the media, since we also employ and work with these media as vehicles for defining personal and cultural identities. New media offer new opportunities for self-definition, and also for the presentation of culture (Bolter / Grusin 1998, p. 231). Food culture is an important aspect of the various kinds of cultural representations to be found on the Internet. It is sometimes portrayed as being a part of heritage, but in other instances it is presented in the context of fashion, creativity and modernity. Food is,...

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