Flash mobs are a distinctly 21st-century phenomenon, seeing as the use of modern technology is employed to gather a large group in a public place and perform a seemingly spontaneous act. Though he didn't coin the term flash mob Bill Wasik invented the concept in 2003 as a social experiment, an act of performance art, and a harmless form of civil disobedience. Luca James Lee illuminates this iMind title with an enlightening demeanor that delves into the story behind the flash mob, but nevertheless employs lightness of touch that fits with the tone of this curious cultural sensation.
Learn about Flash Mobs with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. Have you ever witnessed 200 dancers in gold-lamé trousers invade a Los Angeles Department store? Or maybe 300 nude cyclists riding down Paris' Champs-Elysees? Or perhaps you've received a text message inviting you to an impromptu 500 person pillow fight in London's Piccadilly Circus? If you answered yes to any of the above, chances are you've unwittingly been exposed to the contemporary but curious cultural phenomenon of the Flash Mob.
The first ever Flash Mob occurred, or rather, was planned to occur at 7:24pm on the evening of Tuesday June 3, 2003. An anonymous figure “Bill” sent an email to 50 friends giving detailed instructions for a meeting at a Manhattan accessories store. He encouraged them to forward the email to any friends who might be interested. Word of the meeting made it to the New York Police Department, and when participants arrived at the store they were met by a closed shop and armed police officers.
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