What is a Flash Mob?
flash mob -noun:
- a group of people coordinated by email to meet to perform some predetermined action at a particular place and time and then disperse quickly
- a group of people who organize on the Internet and then quickly assemble in a public place, do something bizarre, and disperse; also called inexplicable mob
In a traditional sense of the term, which goes back to 2003, a flash mob is a group of people with a coordinated, pre-planned action in a public place. Flash mobs are generalled communicated by social media, such as Facebook or Twitter, or by text messaging. The large group gathers, seemingly out of nowhere, to do a seemingly bizzare or comedic act or performance. The group then disperses quickly and acts as if nothing happened.
Here are a few of my favorites from around the world:
Frozen Grand Central Station, New York City0
Hammer Time, Los Angeles
ATM Applause – University of California Davis
Safety Dance – Denver
Chanukah – Jerusalem, Israel