Old MacDonald Had An iPhone

Jonathan Dent considers the rise of the farmer selfie, or “felfie”:

The champions of the felfie, the farmers themselves, see this as a much-needed opportunity (in the words of Will Wilson, curator of farmingselfies.com) ‘to put a face to the farmers who work hard to put food on your table,’ while Rob Campbell, writing in the Western Daily Press on January 9, saw the trend as having the potential to connect a scattered farming population with one another, as well as with the outside world. …  The popularity of the felfie, though, seems to be at least as much rooted in the seemingly inexhaustible needs of an increasingly urban society, creating its connections and consuming its information about the outside world through the internet and social media, to share, and stare raptly at photographs of the animals we encounter all too rarely in everyday life. While for many, selfie represented the self-regarding, insular tendencies of modern (online) life, the felfie seems to embody a desire to look beyond the screen to the greener world that city dwellers have been yearning for since the days of Hesiod, Theocritus, and Virgil.

The Dish’s favorite sheep farmer would surely approve.