Flash Mobs?? WTF is this all about!?!?

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    sparkleytone

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    Mr. Anderson

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    Ha, now that's pretty nuts!

    I'm thinking it might even be fun doing one in DC.....;)

    Anyone who hears about one in this area, let me know - the pics alone might be worth going...

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    WinterMute

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    Ha, reminds me of the Larry Niven story "The Last Days of the Permenant Floating Riot Club", 'course, they had matter transporters, but its a similar idea.
     
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    Hmmm, what's the purpose behind them, though? The article doesn't really say.

    Or is it just performance art for the sake of causing a ruckus?
     
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    G4scott

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    These things sound like fun :D

    I wonder how easily they can be organized at a college campus?

    I know they have been able to organize a major food fight at the college I'm going to... I guess it was kinda like a flash mob, except it wasn't a flash... It went on for 5 minutes...

    I think it'd actually be pretty neat to see one in action.
     
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    this is funny stuff...i'd do it if they had a gathering in l.a.( and i had the time...)

    i was a co-organizer of a huge food fight while in college.

    on parent's day no less.:D
     
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    rainman::|:|

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    Well the article explains part of it as a sense of community. I could see the attraction to being part of a group like this. But I think, overall, they're just done because the people can do it. Just a few individuals, no matter what their rank in society, can grab headlines. And it provides that wonderful "what the hell?" factor for the rest of the general population... To see a mob suddenly form, do something specific, and then quietly disband would be so damn weird...

    can't get too much into the "is it art" arguement, because I damn near always give artists and exhibits the benefit of the doubt, but in this case I think "art" is a bit too strong a term... There's no meaning or point, unless the meaningless *is* the point, in which case, welcome to every art project ever done in sophomore college art class.

    still, i do wish we had one of these around here, i'd be in... :) Sounds fun!

    pnw
     
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    voicegy

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    Performance art *bah*

    Hardly Performance Art. In its heyday, this was an excellent form of expression and done by artists with intent and almost always a message to take away. Heck, Whoopie Goldberg was doing performance art in our own local Sushi Gallery before she moved to San Francisco and, a year later, appeared in The Color Purple.

    Rachel Rosenthal, Yoko Ono, The Kipper Kids, Paul Best...the list goes on. Oh, those were the days for serious performance. Although I admit that these little mob gatherings have their appeal, like anything else loosely organized and involving the general public on a regular basis for no purpose whatsoever than to be involved in a "rumble", these soon will be cracked down upon, banned, and otherwise distrupted when a few jerks ruin the fun, and the cops start getting hip to the e-mail lists and show up well before the gathering.
     
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    Stelliform

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    No offense to you guys... But I have to wonder who is that bored to go a participate in one of these?

    I am sure it is surreal, but I can't see myself going out of my way to participate.

    Just call me a fuddy duddy. :)
     
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    jbomber

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    just wait til they toss nudity into the mix.
     
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    fatfish

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    Obviously not mac users.

    Sounds like something you'd do when you get bored with your PC
     

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