Flash mobs are a recent social media phenomenon which are becoming more popular and have begun to take root (for both good and bad) over the last few months and years. A flash mob is essentially a group of people who assemble in a public place seemingly suddenly in order to carry out a specific task.
Thanks social media networks like Twitter and Facebook in combination with the accessibility of the internet via Smartphone technology, large numbers of people are able to communicate with one another instantaneously, enabling the coordination of a mass event to take place almost seamlessly.
The lighter side of flash mobs includes group art projects/experiments (i.e. – The “flash mob” of pregnant women [& one man] who gathered at the amusement park, King’s Island in an apparently random [to onlookers] choreographed dance in order to raise awareness and funds for the March of Dimes).
The recent Arab Spring in the Middle East has been attributed to so-called flash mobs as well as the recent London riots.
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