Prize-winning felfie features P.J. Ryan of Newport, Ireland (Irish Farmers Journal/Facebook)

Behold the felfie: Farmers take selfies, too

A new internet trend celebrates life in the fields


Lindsay Abrams
January 14, 2014 1:21AM (UTC)

The internet has come up with something wonderful, and it's called the #felfie.

That's a farmer selfie, for the uninitiated, and it's at once a modern celebration of one of our oldest professions and a way for attention-seeking social media users to make funny faces with their livestock. Started by the Irish Farmer's Journal, which held the first-ever felfie competition last month, it's since become a popular tag on Twitter and Instagram -- though the practice of taking felfies, it appears, goes back further than the hashtag.

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Will felfies become in 2014 what selfies were last year? Already, they've attracted their fair share of posers. Sites like farmingselfie.com, meanwhile, are working to legitimize the agricultural self-portraits by telling the stories behind them. The goal, according to the site, is to "put a face to the farmers who work to put food on your table."

The Guardian lauds felfies for shining a new spotlight on agricultural life, and Twitter in general as a way for modern farmers to defy the isolation of the fields. More than anything else, it's proof that famers are Just Like Us:

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