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(noun) A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.
It’s the word that has completely inundated our tech-savvy society. The term can be heard in music, movies, even television ads and commercials. It’s hard to go anywhere these days without seeing someone stop to strike a pose and snap a photo of themselves. A little background research conducted by The Telegraph concludes that the word selfie first originated in September of 2002 by an Australian college student who took a self-portrait of his busted lip from an evening of drinking the night before. He posted the photo in an online forum with a description that ended with “…and sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.” Since Australians are known to have a knack for shortening words and adding an “ie” to the end [like barbie for barbeque], it makes sense that this newfangled term comes from Australian origin. Nearly 11 years later, Oxford Dictionaries named this term the Word of the Year in 2013, and it has since become an everyday part of our social media culture.
Covington/Newton County is thrilled to be such a large part of the Year of Film being celebrated in Georgia in 2017. To go along with the Year of Film, our tourism partners with the state at Explore Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development have designated various towns to install new “Selfie Spots” that coincide with film productions featured there. And what would Mystic Falls, VA, Sparta, MS, or Selma, AL be without a special selfie spot right outside of our iconic courthouse? Our courthouse is best known as the doppleganger for the clocktower of Mystic Falls from The Vampire Diaries, but other films that feature our beautiful, historic courthouse include In the Heat of the Night [series], Selma, Vacation , Dukes of Hazzard [series], and Footloose  among others!
Step into the spotlight at our new selfie spot, being installed in the Square Park this summer, and snap a self-portrait in the original Hollywood of the South™. This way, the memory of your visit will be eternally everlasting— just like our local vampires. We also have the famous Walk of Stars located in front of various merchants on the square, which are fantastic spots for photo-ops as well.
We’re excited to have this new addition to our square, so look out for the purple and blue decal to be installed soon, and don’t forget to use the hashtags #ForeverMysticFalls, #GeorgiaFilm, and #HollywoodOfTheSouth as you post your film-favorite selfies!