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Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:15 PM

Foodie Fascism

As Restaurants Ban Photos, Some Worry About The End Of Food Porn

The Huffington Post | By Dominique Mosbergen
Posted: 01/24/2013 6:08 pm EST | Updated: 01/24/2013 6:34 pm EST


Have you ever snuck a snap of a sumptuous cupcake or stolen a shot of an exquisitely plated entree? If you have, we've got bad news for you: Your "foodstagramming" days may be numbered.

In the aftermath of a recent New York Times report, entitled "Restaurants Turn Camera Shy," food porn enthusiasts everywhere have begun to cower in fearful anticipation of the potential demise of "foodstagram." According to the report, which quoted several New York City chefs, some restaurants around town are banning customers from taking photos of their meals and uploading the pics to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Rules discouraging restaurant patrons from foodstagramming may soon become the norm, some social media lovers fear. Mashable's Stan Schroeder, for one, laments such standards as the "Death of Foodstagram."

But photography bans in restaurants are not a new phenomena. In 2008, New York magazine's Grub Street blog noted that famed chef David Chang had enacted a no-photography policy at his hotspot NYC restaurant, Momofuku Ko. The Times report notes that the likes of New York chef Daniel Boulud and high-end London restaurant Fat Duck have long discouraged the practice, as well. ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/24/restaurant-photo-ban-death-of-food-porn_n_2543306.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=4157027,b=facebook



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:20 PM

1. Does this mean I can't upload my pic from "Eat More Possum" in Lubbock, TX?



on edit: BTW, it did have an apple shoved into its grinning mouth.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:22 PM

2. I intend to make a YouTube video of my experience at ZestFest 2013

Couldn't capture everything on film, but I will be torturing myself with hot sauce. Again.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:26 PM

3. don't the pics help these places to get customers

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:28 PM

4. You paid for it you can do whatever you want with it.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:44 PM

7. Well, not really...

Just because one purchases a piece of art does not give one the right to copy it without permission.

These chefs see themselves as artists, and I cannot blame them for their decisions.

Diners who would never be able to create plates on their own are, basically, stealing creative intellectual property and passing it on to the universe. People who could never enjoy those chefs' efforts would then be able to re-create the platings.

There is also a Privacy element to this. I will guarantee you that Thomas Keller does not want house shots from French Laundry posted on the innertubes.

That being said, I am now headed to a restaurant that will not allow cell phones to be in view.

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:47 PM

9. Except you don't eat art.

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:52 PM

12. It's a meal...not piracy...

If I go to a very nice restaurant and I order a fabulous meal, if it looks amazing, I want to take a picture of it. I want to show it off to friends and brag about this amazing meal I had. I want to show it off.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:29 PM

5. If it means fewer "look what I'm eating" photos, then yay

Everyone has a hobby, but this one is really puzzling. I get taking photos (sort of) of something one has prepared magnificently, but restaurant food? Yawn.

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Response to REP (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:46 PM

8. These aren't burger joints

Just try pulling out a cell phone at French Laundry.

You will be politely asked to put it away or leave.

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:49 PM

10. When I eat there, I'd rather talk to my companions than photo the grub

I don't go to Cheeze Penis to document having been there, either. I go to eat.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:40 PM

6. Nothing is more f-ing annoying then people taking pictures in restaurants especially of their meal

 

I for one am glad more places are banning it.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:51 PM

11. WTF is wrong with them imitation is the finest form of flattery.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:33 PM

13. If this cleans up my Facebook feed

Seriously I don't mind the occasional food picture, but I don't need to see everything you eat either.

I'm tempted to put a pic of a McD's value meal up.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:08 PM

14. Can't say I blame them.

First thought that came to me was, in a world where the state wants to limit how much you drink, how long is it before some office rat is flipping through pictures looking for food to launch a crusade.










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