Using communicative ecology theory to scope the emerging role of social media in the evolution of urban food systems
Hearn, Greg, Collie, Natalie, Lyle, Peter, Choi, Jaz Hee-Jeong, & Foth, Marcus (2014) Using communicative ecology theory to scope the emerging role of social media in the evolution of urban food systems. Futures, 62(Part B), pp. 202-212.
Urban agriculture plays an increasingly vital role in supplying food to urban populations. Changes in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) are already driving widespread change in diverse food-related industries such as retail, hospitality and marketing. It is reasonable to suspect that the fields of ubiquitous technology, urban informatics and social media equally have a lot to offer the evolution of core urban food systems. We use communicative ecology theory to describe emerging innovations in urban food systems according to their technical, discursive and social components. We conclude that social media in particular accentuate fundamental social interconnections normally effaced by conventional industrialised approaches to food production and consumption.
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