Talking Food Radio – 2 minute intro

A podcast about sharing food and knowledge

Food, radio, IT drop-in

Talking Food Radio has been offline for 6 years. This is how we could start it again.

  • We can make a pilot show now …
  • … then bid for Culture Seeds funding …
  • … to create a more ambitious show combined with IT drop-in.

How will that work?

  • The radio show will be about food and everyday life (that’s culture).
  • Making the show will be about online participation and inclusion …
  • … and understanding the Internet

Talking Food Radio 2019

Talking Food Radio

A new Hello Hackney podcast about food

This is a direct descendent of the old 2012-2013 Talking Food project. It won’t be the same project, because we are going to start where we ended 6 years ago — and then develop it into something far more valuable that we hope will bring a bit more funding. We will explain at the first Talking Food Radio session after Easter — Friday afternoon, 2 to 4 pm, 26 April — at Whitmore Community Centre.

Share what you know and what you can do

The concept is very simple – every week, a group of (mainly) older people meet to talk about food in their culture – how food fits into everyday life – sharing knowledge in the same way we share food at the table. It can be live Internet talk radio, or recorded for a podcast episode, or both.

Some of those discussions can be led by invited guests. If the podcast venue has a good kitchen, we can also make photos and video of food preparation and cooking.

The podcast (and other materials from the first four sessions) will be the pilot for a funding bid. We will make the bid, and then wait for a response. If the bid is successful, we will start immediately on the main Talking Food Radio project — weekly sessions throughout July, August and September.


Who should join Talking Food Radio?

If food is part of your everyday life, you are welcome. Where you live and your age are not relevant. Nor do you have to be a great talker. If you like our ideas, please come to the first Talking Food session …

Where?

When?

  • Friday afternoon, 26 April, 2-4 pm
  • Then all Friday afternoons in May, also at Whitmore Community Centre.

How to ask for more information, or make suggestions

  • Email: food@hellohackney.net
  • Phone: 07761 887927

By the way

  • This Friday afternoon project is not an IT drop-in. It’s much more interesting than that.
  • If you want to learn about the technology, and how you could do it yourself — we can help you as part of the project, but not before we have completed the pilot.
  • Please don’t bring biscuits, cake, or anything like that (unless you have made it yourself).

Older people, digital technology and the web

When the World-Wide-Web was invented 30 years ago, it was supposed to be about contact and communication between people – creating new opportunities, expanding horizons.

That positive outlook still exists, but is often side-lined by entirely different values – of marketing, consumerism and exploitation. When we make podcasts, we assert our own values, our own human skills of talking and listening – and we make an active contribution to the web instead of passively soaking up what is already there.


Also read

  • Talking Food Takeaway (“Rewind your food memory to May 2012. Do you remember the Talking Food live radio show at the old computer centre? Here’s a refresher …”)

The drop-in ends with a standing ovation

Drop-in regulars Patricia and Irene have found something to laugh about

Not closing — but not opening either

The Friday afternoon drop-in program at Whitmore Community Centre has been suspended until we have found a way of paying for it. Right now, each session costs £100 that we haven’t got.

Positive finish

For months now, we have filled two large spaces at Whitmore Community Centre — 30 to 40 people every week — and a constant trickle of new people arriving — and a hugely successful volunteer program — all on a tiny budget. With more space or time, we could easily double both numbers and community value — but not without funding.

It’s not over

There is always another way.

Talking Food Takeaway

Rewind your food memory to May 2012

Do you remember the Talking Food live radio show at the old computer centre? Here’s a refresher …

Considering the acoustic qualities of the centre (dreadful), the standard of our equipment (bottom of the market) and our budget (zero) — that radio show worked really well — it was live, we did it all ourselves, we had a full house every week, and it was a lot of fun. There was quite a lot to eat as well.

Seven years later — the equipment available has greatly improved, and we have a possibility of modest funding — so a Talking Food Radio Revival is top of the Hello Hackney to-do list. We will start after Easter.

Can you remember 1989?

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The World Wide Web is 30 years old this week

What difference has it made to your life?

30 years can change everything

The web has transformed our daily lives — from how we communicate with loved ones to how we work to how we learn. But right now more than half of the world’s population remains offline, and those of us who are online see unsettling stories each day about data breaches, so-called ‘fake news’, and other ways that technology is threatening our freedom and privacy. We need to change this by building a better web — one that works for everyone, everywhere.

Visit World Wide Web Foundation – ‘For The Web’

Social media, loneliness, older people

A grey-haired woman sits alone with a phone. Accompanying text: “… use social media to keep in contact with the people we already know, and contact with people that we would like to meet in real life”

Loneliness, social media and friendship

Some results from the BBC survey –

A year ago, we encouraged everybody to take part in the BBC Loneliness Experiment. The BBC reported back in January, and you can listen to the results as a podcast at …

  • Health Check Loneliness Part 1
    “How does social media and friendship influence the development of loneliness? Claudia Hammond analyses the results of the BBC Loneliness Experiment.”
  • Health Check Loneliness Part 2
    “In the last special programme about loneliness, Claudia Hammond looks at the role of health, society and culture and finds out about England’s new strategy for tackling it.”

If you can’t log in to the podcast, you can listen to the downloads on our computers at Whitmore Community Centre. If you are in a hurry, you can read our partial transcript below.

Part 1 touches briefly on something that is very relevant to the IT drop-in — the role of social media. The experiment and the report are journalism, not research — but the conclusions support our own observations that social media …

  • are most beneficial for people who have a functioning social network in the real world
  • can be addictive and damaging for people who are socially isolated

Transcript

This is a transcript of a 6 minute excerpt from Part 1 (27 minutes)

Claudia Hammond

Now when people hear that some young people feel lonely, the next thing they say to me is “it must be social media”. Those I’ve interviewed for this series from the ages of 14 to 96 have all been using technology to communicate. But the relationship between social media and loneliness isn’t straightforward.

Madeleine

I’m a drama teacher and I became a carer because my husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer when he was thirty-six. It was a complete shock. I’m probably not the epitome of what you would think of when you think of loneliness – mid thirties, active social life. But there were times at the worst moments of his treatment when I was alone. And it was very difficult. I couldn’t really explain to people. We used social media – we use Facebook – to update people on what is happening, mostly because it was just a very quick and easy way — you just say it once and it’s out there, and everybody knows.

The response that we got back from people – hundreds, literally hundreds of messages – it did make us laugh, and it did make us as positive about it as possible, just knowing that people were there and knew what was happening— was really helpful. I think it’s a bit of a double edged sword – the sense that it has its positives, through blogging and stuff like that, people have been in touch. And that’s great but I do think when I’m feeling at my lowest, going on social media – Instagram in particular – and seeing people seemingly having these amazing lives and enjoying themselves – and it does make me feel – why can’t I have that?

Claudia Hammond

We did ask questions about Facebook usage in our study and I asked Rebecca Nowland – research fellow at the University of Central Lancashire, who has done extensive research into social media – what she made of our data.

Rebecca Nowland

Loneliness was associated with using this kind of negative self-disclosure and also being motivated to use social media to make friends – in contrast to non-lonely people who aren’t really feeling the need to use social media to do that. If you’re using online sources as the only mechanism for making contact with people, that’s not going to give you the quality and the intimacy, or even the touch that you get when you’re with somebody. That’s actually quite important to make a difference from the mental health and how you feel about yourself and your own self-worth.

Claudia Hammond

But don’t some people make really good friends online and say that this is the place that they can find someone who really understands what life is like for them, and they may be living somewhere relatively isolated where they are not going to find someone and find some of the things in common.

Rebecca Nowland

You’re absolutely right, and there’s an awful lot of literature out there to show that having a blog helps you connect with people and social media helps you to connect with people. But when we are talking about people that are lonely, and their social media use, you are talking about people that are unhappy with their current situation in relation to how connected they feel with other people.

Claudia Hammond

I see what you mean. So what it suggests is they may be looking for friends online, but not finding those relationships, those meaningful relationships and connections that they want to have that would alleviate the loneliness.

Rebecca Nowland

It’s more how you use it, not the using, that’s the problem. So for some people if they feel lonely – and it might be because their family lives far away – to communicate with them online would actually reduce the loneliness.

Claudia Hammond

You mentioned at one of the things that people who expressed higher loneliness in the survey do is to use more negative evaluation.

Rebecca Nowland

What that really means is that people put negative things that are happening to them on social media. That type of behaviour we find in people are quite high in loneliness – that when they do interact with people, they tend to say things that are quite negative. And that then makes people less likely to connect with them. Again this is very general.

Claudia Hammond

It’s a shame it might make it harder to connect.

Rebecca Nowland

I think there might be an unfortunate thing of human nature. There are two ways of looking at the data. There’s an association there – so if you use social media in a way that is very positive – use it more to get information rather than try to connect with other people, it would reduce loneliness. It’s all about how you use it. So you see here, we get the relationship between loneliness and entertainment, and the people that are not as lonely are using it more for information – so they’re going online to check what’s happening, having a look around and maybe find out what’s going on with people.

Whereas people using it probably to distract themselves from the feeling of loneliness – so using social media a lot because it’s something I can do that makes me for temporarily connected to people.

Claudia Hammond

I was really struck by the findings on whether people’s friends overlapped on Facebook and in real life. So can you explain what we were looking at and what we found?

Rebecca Nowland

Basically you’re asking people to say – how many of your friends that you have online are people that you actually know in real life – and lonely people had fewer overlapping friends. So they had fewer friends offline than they did online.

Claudia Hammond

And is that surprising?

Rebecca Nowland

It’s not surprising in a sense that has been shown before, but not in such large scale surveys covering such a vast age group. It shows that this is really a consistent thing.

Claudia Hammond

And what does that tell us about people’s lives, do you think?

Rebecca Nowland

It tells us that when we use social media in a way that we have less people that we know in real life on Facebook, then it’s associated with loneliness. So really, to utilise social media in the best way, we need to use it to keep in contact with the people we already know, and contact with people that we would like to meet in real life – and have friendships that way. If we end up in a virtual world where a lot of our friends are, we not really connecting with them in an intimate way and that’s associated with loneliness.


Photo by Bernard Hermant