A large group* of people organized through electronic media (email, listserv, bulletin boards, text messaging, e.g.) who gather in a predetermined location, perform some brief (usually silly or playful) action, and then quickly disperse. There is an important differentiation between two identifiable ‘strains’ of flash mob: the one of site-specific ‘play’ is intent on ‘fun’, whilst the other of site-specific ‘performance’ is more concerned, so it is implied, with instilling a deeper political or ethical consciousness. A flash mob consist of six acts: the announcement; the meet-up; the mob event; the dispersal; press coverage; blogging.

* depending on where the flash mob happens, a “large group” could mean anywhere from 20 to 500 or more people


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