FLASHMOB SLOVENIA – What is a Flash Mob?
(FLASH mawb) n. A large group of people who gather in a usually predetermined location, perform some brief action, and then quickly disperse. —v., —adj.
—flash mobber n.
—flash mobbing pp.
A group of people who appear from out of nowhere, to perfom predetermined actions, designed to amuse and confuse surrounding people.
The group performs these actions for a short amount of time before quickly dispersing. Flash mobs are often organised through email and/or newsgroup postings.
A group of people who are organised via various mass communications to come together at a specified place and time, perform
some (typically whimsical) action, then disperse.
“The world’s first flashmob was organised in Manhattan, in May 2003, by a man named Bill.”
N. – A “flash mob” is a organized event where people gather to do a pre-determined action, in a pre-determined place at a pre-determined time.
Usually harmless and funny. Think like massive pilow fights in town centers and things of the like. Usually organized on the internet.
Flashmobs, group who are likely less than 1 degree of seperation from each other meet up and attempt to get the media to pay attention, before going back to their subversive blogs.
A furniture store was closed and had to be opened by the manager to allow the “spontaneous” flashmob in. He saw the chance for free advertising and got it with TV news.
Its a sudden gathering of people into a crowd that do something unusual for a few minutes in unison and then disperse.
In recent time some have been using forwarded e-mails to coordinate “flash mobs,” or not-so-random crowds that appear and dissipate within a matter of minutes.
To protect the planned serendipity of each event, participants aren’t told exactly what the mob is supposed to do until just before the event happens.
For the most recent New York happening on July 2, participants passed around an e-mail telling them to assemble at the food court in Grand Central Station, where
organizers (identifiable by the copies of the New York Review of Books they were holding) then gave mobbers printed instructions regarding what to do next.
The result: Shortly after 7 p.m., about 200 people suddenly assembled on the mezzanine level of the Grand Hyatt Hotel next to Grand Central Station, applauded
loudly for 15 seconds, then left.
—Maureen Ryan, “All in a flash: Meet, mob and move on,” Chicago Tribune, July 11, 2003
As proof that some people have way too much time on their hands, consider the “flash mob” phenomenon.
Organizing a “flash mob” basically involves e-mailing a bunch of people with instructions to show up at a certain place for a few moments, then disappear.
According to www.cheesebikini.com, salespeople in New York were a bit confused when there was a huge, instant gathering around a particular rug.
The flash mobbers agreed to tell the salespeople they all lived together in a warehouse in Queens and were thinking of buying a rug.
The crowd dissipated after precisely 10 minutes. Poof.
—Kim Lamb Gregory, “Briefs,” Ventura County Star, July 1, 2003