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The Sociologist's Dojo Podcast

Jun 18, 2023

On this month's episiode of The Sociologist's Dojo Podcast, Dr. Rebecca Gibson and I are dining at Hawthorne as we discuss the 2022 Horror/Satire The Menu. Dinner conversation includes: The intricacies of class struggles, the media food culture and a lot about masculinity and the gendering of food and eating. This Podcast will be plated in Five! "Yes, Chef!"


Production Notes:


Intro: 0:00-3:20

  • Disclaimer 
  • Preview 
  • The Satler and Waldorf of Academic Film Snobs 

Basics of the Film 3:23-18:46

  • The Plot 
  • Food Porn 
  • Trivia 
  • Margot and Tyler 
  • The Tech Bros.

Historical Context: 19:00-65:28

  • The Rise of the Media Food Culture 
  • Weberian Bureaucratic consumption of food 
  • Commercial Kitchens and Media Violence 
  • Disreguarding Servers 
  • Holding up a Mirror to Ourselves 
  • "What did Chef say to Tyler?"
  • "What School did you go to?" 
  • A Culture of COVID films?
  • A Color Interleude 

Social Analysis: 65:42-113:15

  • Veblen's Conspricious Consumption 
  • The Film's Broad take on Class 
  • Servers as the Elite 
  • Socially Conditioned not to Fight 
  • The Importance of 'the Burger"
  • The Masculinity of The Menu 

Outtro: 113:17-115:00

All Clips were used under faire use 

Stick around for:

  • Brian constantly screwing up Chef's name 
  • Praise of Elsa's Snark 
  • Alenia Chicago