Although not planned through the use of email and text messages, for some reason flash mobbing reminds me of the sit ins of MLK Jr's time in that it can be a nonviolent act with the potential and intent to create positive change. Sensational events cause attention to be paid. And while I don't believe that this attention should be devoted so heavily to Britney and Anna, I believe that if used wisely, it is positively using our advanced technology for good. And in doing so, implements power in numbers to create "a catalyst and site of actual and symbolic struggle."
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The Sensational Appeal of Flash Mobs
People love a sensation. If you look at Britney Spears or the death of Anna Nicole Smith, anything that is sensational gets loads of attention from the media. Personally, my first impression of flash mobbing was that it was merely to cause a sensation. And I think that it is for that reason that people appeal to the idea. And while flash mobbing can be used for no foreseeable end, or even used for a negative end, I think it has tremendous power to make a positive statement or evoke positive change as it did with People Power II.