FLASH MOBS.....ok they were fun. Now stop it.

  • silverfox

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    May 12, 2011 2:43 PM GMT
    Flash mobs = over kill.

    Seriously, here in Orlando I can count 4 that have been organized in the last week alone. Is it a phenomenon only here in Central Florida? Many involve stopping traffic and are generally inconvenient. I mean, yeah it was a GREAT idea....but maybe time for a rest? Permanently?

    What do you think?
  • silverfox

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    May 12, 2011 3:22 PM GMT



    Well here is one of the more popular ones....from the Oprah show.
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    May 12, 2011 3:44 PM GMT
    silverfox1 saidWhat do you think?

    It's a fad, and fads come and go, they have their time. And there are different types, some kinds funny, that become like street performance art.

    I liked the earliest ones, that attempted to appear spontaneous and unplanned, by a smaller group of about just 20 or 30, not hundreds. They'd infiltrate a public area, appearing to blend in with everyone else. On cue, they'd all suddenly start to sing and dance, to a choreographed number. Fun, silly & wonderful. Or they'd make some political statement, which amused me less.

    I looked on YouTube, when I'd seen them before, but without doing a lengthy search I couldn't find one of those. Now I see larger numbers, everyone already in position like at curtain-up on a Broadway stage. There's no "flash" about that in my opinion.

    The "flash" was the guy or gal next to me suddenly breaking out in song, and joining a bunch of other "strangers" around me to begin doing a musical number out of nowhere. Now THAT was amusing. And often with a political message, which was fine. Yeah, maybe it's now time to take a break from them for a while.
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    May 13, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    Flash mobs were dumb from the very beginning. Causes a lot of problems for store owners, law enforcement, and the public in general. If you ever see a flash mob start up, I suggest starting up a mosh pit instead. Oi, oi, oi! icon_lol.gif

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    May 13, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    xrichx saidIf you ever see a flash mob start up, I suggest starting up a mosh pit instead. Oi, oi, oi!


    I like the way you think!!

    When I was living in Vermont, we had a flash mob pillow fight on the commercial street downtown, where we wouldn't be impeding traffic or really disturbing anyone's day. This was about 4 years ago. It was fun, people enjoyed it, both participants and passers-by (at least, people were smiling, pointing, and laughing), and only 1 person was arrested (the organizer of the event, who was immediately let go when taken away from the scene).

    I would be pissed if I were stuck in traffic because some people decided to organize a song and dance in the middle of the street though. And multiple mobs in a single week? That's ridiculous. I didn't realize they were a growing trend.
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    May 13, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
    Haha I just got an invitation on Facebook to one here in Atlanta. Yeah I have better things to do with my time...
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    May 13, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    silverfox1 saidWhat do you think?



    I liked the earliest ones, that attempted to appear spontaneous and unplanned, by a smaller group of just 20 or 30, not hundreds. They'd infiltrate a public area, appearing to blend in with everyone else. On cue, they'd all suddenly start to sing and dance, to a choreographed number. Fun, silly & wonderful.



    This one might be more to your liking then. I hadn't actually seen a flash mob yet. They seem pretty humorous.

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    May 13, 2011 3:31 AM GMT
    This one was my favorite:

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    May 13, 2011 3:56 AM GMT
    From Modern Family:

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    May 13, 2011 3:56 AM GMT
    Pyrotech saidThis one was my favorite:



    That was pretty cool, I'm glad not being able to read the text didn't hurt the presentation.
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    May 13, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    Pyrotech saidThis one was my favorite:

    That was fucking AWESOME!

    Thats what life is about!
  • jmanorlando

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    May 13, 2011 4:15 AM GMT
    The idea was cool when it was just to be a cool event and see how people react, but now in Orlando it is to promote the city and they announce it a day in advance so you can have friends show up to watch.

    So it is just a planned show at a public location where everyone is there to watch their friends do something that is supposed to appear to be a random event. lol (It was sad that in one of the video - the guy getting the video can be heard saying "when are they going to start?" )
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    May 13, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    Animus said
    Pyrotech saidThis one was my favorite:



    That was pretty cool, I'm glad not being able to read the text didn't hurt the presentation.


    They were showing facts about recycling and environment
    I went to the recording of that show last week lol....funny you posted that
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    May 13, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
    Forgot to mention that criminals are using flash mobs to create the right environment to commit a crime.
    http://laist.com/2011/04/18/venice_boardwalk_shooting_happening.php
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    May 13, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    I think it's really interesting from a social point of view but these things are often unplanned and happen in venues not meant to accommodate that many people. Where I used to live that led to a stampede like effect and a lot of people got hurt. Let me say that I hate dragging my ass out of bed to answer an "external disaster" call from the hospital... to get there and have 80 whiny college kids with cuts and scratches. Come on now icon_razz.gif
  • ohioguy12

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    May 13, 2011 5:17 AM GMT
    i've never heard of them until that episode of modern family, maybe I don't get out enough
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    May 13, 2011 2:39 PM GMT
    snowboarder said
    Animus said
    Pyrotech saidThis one was my favorite:



    That was pretty cool, I'm glad not being able to read the text didn't hurt the presentation.


    They were showing facts about recycling and environment
    I went to the recording of that show last week lol....funny you posted that


    What show is it? I can't find the original source of the video; only a repost from early March. It was all over Reddit a couple months ago, but a quick search there isn't bringing up anything helpful.
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    May 13, 2011 2:52 PM GMT
    Animus said
    Art_Deco said
    silverfox1 saidWhat do you think?

    I liked the earliest ones, that attempted to appear spontaneous and unplanned, by a smaller group of about just 20 or 30, not hundreds. They'd infiltrate a public area, appearing to blend in with everyone else. On cue, they'd all suddenly start to sing and dance, to a choreographed number. Fun, silly & wonderful. Or they'd make some political statement, which amused me less.

    This one might be more to your liking then. I hadn't actually seen a flash mob yet. They seem pretty humorous.


    That was EXACTLY what I was talking about. If I'd been in that food court I would have been entertained and delighted. Beautifully choreographed for a working space, and the singers quite good, the lyrics tied to the experience of using a mall food court. Thanks for sharing! icon_biggrin.gif