According to wikipedia a flash mob is is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief time, then quickly disperse. The term flash mob is generally applied only to gatherings organised via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails. Still confused? Let me give you a few examples.
One of the more famous flash mobs titled ‘Frozen Grand Central’ involved 207 people that all froze at Grand Central at exactly the same time. It doesn’t sound like much but when you watch the video it is quite mesmerising. This really is social media at its best. A group of people, mostly who don’t know each other, coming together to work as a team for the entertainment of those outside of the group.
It’s part art and and a large part affirmation that Maslow was indeed correct. We all need a sense of belonging.
I was prompted to write about flash mobs when I recently viewed an event that took place on Bondi beach on October 30.
I could see schools having a lot of fun with flash mobs. Come on all you teachers – get creative and invent your own flash mob.
Check out the videos
Frozen Grand Central
Bondi Beach Gets Flipped