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All About Flash Mobs

Jan 18, 2013

Whether you’ve been a part of one or just enjoyed the viral vids that followed, flash mobs are a huge part of modern culture, combining spontaneity, fun, and strangers. Find out more in All About Flash Mobs!

What is a “Flash Mob”?

Flash mobs bring groups of people together who may or may not know each other in order to create a spontaneous scene in a public place, which is a (usually) delightful surprise for passers-by and undeniably fun for the participants! They usually start and end at a specific time, so they are short and unexpected, and can include people singing, dancing, pillow fighting – you name it! Flash mobs first started as a form of performance art in New York City, they usually are all about the visual effect, surprising an audience, and stay away from political demonstration and advertisement (although some companies have managed to use flash mobs to make commercials and pull off publicity stunts.)

Inventor of flash mobs Bill Wasik said:

 "the mobs started as a kind of playful social experiment meant to encourage spontaneity and big gatherings to temporarily take over commercial and public areas simply to show that they could."

How is Organized?

Often flash mobs are organized online via different types of social media (Facebook events, Twitter, blogs or email), meaning you might not know any of the other people who show up! Word of mouth has to be discreet though, because while flash mobs are fun, it’s more fun if it’s a total surprise – no one wants the news cameras, cell phones and even police to outnumber the actual participants.

Flash Mob Fun Facts!

  • In the 19th century in Tasmania the term “flash mob” was used to describe groups of female prisoners, this is no relation to how it’s used now.
  • The word “flash mob” was included in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2004
  • In Philadelphia some flash mobs were later dubbed “flash robs” because people had used them to steal and riot.
  • When a company or political act is behind the event, it’s usually called a “smart mob” instead, since it isn’t just for the joy of doing something wacky.
  • The first flash mob took place in Manhattan, and in order to avoid police detection Bill Wasik had people meet at different bars and then go on to the mob at Macy’s department store.

Check out this crazy dance flash mob below!                                                                                                             

Have Your Say

Have you ever been part of a flash mob? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

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What's your fave kind of flash mob?

  • Dance
  • Pillow Fight
  • Singing
  • None of the Above

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Jeterfan14
Jeterfan14 posted in Debating:
"David_Teh_Derp" wrote: "Jeterfan14" wrote: "David_Teh_Derp" wrote: No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly). Read my post and you'll get the opinion of one of those "egotistic" pageant girls. I am very feminist and if you read my post you'll see how I feel So I read the post and it seems that it has almost nothing to say about ego. These are the only things I, at least, can get out of your post about feelings: ​1. The question: Do beauty pageants objectify women? 2. Your description of what way you are using the word 'objectify': Degrading a person to seem like a mere object ​3. Wanting to know everybody's opinion ​ ​That's it. I'm probably the only one here to bring up the subject about 'egoistical'. And since you are a feminist I will plainly assume that you agree with me on these girls in the pageant being of larger ego than usual. But your comment is slightly confusing and therefore I have no idea if you are angry with me or if you are telling me that you are agreeing with me saying that you feel that pageant girls are egoistic or something. But I know one thing: You feel badly about these pageants. If you would detail your comment more I would be relatively satisfied and probably even have a full answer. On the other hand, thank you for recognizing my comment, I was glad to hear your reaction, even though it was somewhat confusing, and I hope you have a good continuation of the day, m'am. :) No no, sorry about it confusing. What I meant was I disagreed with the egotistical part and wanted you to know I was a pageant girl and I wasn't that way, however I was too lazy to retype how I felt about this subject so I directed you to my post before cx Sorry. My post is in favor of beauty pageants, I've realized lately that I can't portray what I'm trying to say in a non-confusing way to other people so I guess I'll try and clarify. I feel beauty pageants are helpful to the girls in them, I had been bullied harshly but my mother said everytime I was on stage I seemed to have some confidence which I didnt have any other time. All Im really saying is people judge pageants too quickly without really realizing the deeper meaning behind them, I was just saying it from a beauty pageant girls mind
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David_Teh_Derp
"Jeterfan14" wrote: "David_Teh_Derp" wrote: No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly). Read my post and you'll get the opinion of one of those "egotistic" pageant girls. I am very feminist and if you read my post you'll see how I feel So I read the post and it seems that it has almost nothing to say about ego. These are the only things I, at least, can get out of your post about feelings: ​1. The question: Do beauty pageants objectify women? 2. Your description of what way you are using the word 'objectify': Degrading a person to seem like a mere object ​3. Wanting to know everybody's opinion ​ ​That's it. I'm probably the only one here to bring up the subject about 'egoistical'. And since you are a feminist I will plainly assume that you agree with me on these girls in the pageant being of larger ego than usual. But your comment is slightly confusing and therefore I have no idea if you are angry with me or if you are telling me that you are agreeing with me saying that you feel that pageant girls are egoistic or something. But I know one thing: You feel badly about these pageants. If you would detail your comment more I would be relatively satisfied and probably even have a full answer. On the other hand, thank you for recognizing my comment, I was glad to hear your reaction, even though it was somewhat confusing, and I hope you have a good continuation of the day, m'am. :)
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ValenciaRose
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In general, do you think a country would be run better with a democracy or with someone making all the decisions?  Sorry should have made that more clearer :blush 
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Jeterfan14
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"David_Teh_Derp" wrote:No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly). Read my post and you'll get the opinion of one of those "egotistic" pageant girls. I am very feminist and if you read my post you'll see how I feel
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David_Teh_Derp
No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly).
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