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Flash Mob/ Smart Mob. Trends in Technology By: Carla R. Williams TIE 300. What is a Flash Mob & Smart Mob?. Flash Mob - Unusual & pointless public entertainment, artistic expression. Smart Mob – Public technology enabled protest. Organized via mobile communication technologies
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Flash Mob/ Smart Mob Trends in Technology By: Carla R. Williams TIE 300
What is a Flash Mob& Smart Mob? FlashMob - Unusual & pointless public entertainment, artistic expression Smart Mob – Public technology enabled protest Organized via mobile communication technologies Cell phones Text messaging Internet Web blogs Viral videos Members linked together by wireless devices allowing group to work as a whole. • Organized via mobile communication technologies • Cell phones • Text messaging • Internet • Web blogs • Viral videos Members linked together by wireless devices allowing group to work as a whole.
Flash Mob History • First flash mob documented in Manhattan, created by Bill Wasek, senior editor of Harper’s Magazine, on June 17th, 2003. • Considered an apolitical act, similar to political demonstrations done by the Yippies in the 1960s. • The term was inspired by the term Smart mob – also seen as a specialized form of smart mobs. • Described as self organized entertainment. • Popular but short lived due to backlash. • News media and promoters use term to refer to any form of smart mob. • Well documented by blogs and mainstream media. • Flash mob video
Smart Mob History • Concept & term introduced by Howard Rheingold • Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution • First smart mobs “thumb tribes” • Advancement of social communication (Internet & mobile phones) enabled phenomenon • Smart mob to “Stop Violence against women - Smart mob to draw attention to "Violence against women".
Impact of Flash mobs/Smart mobs:"Smart Mobs: The next social revolution" by Howard Rheingold Pros Cons Use of mobile devices and internet Net wars Crime mobs Ability to evade authorities Promotes mob mentality Flash mob goes wrong. • Use of mobile devices and internet • Evolution of social communications • Social collective action • Can entertain or inform • “True citizen journalism”
Use of Flash Mob trend in Education • Learning about Flash Mobs Helps Children Develop News Literacy Skills. • Students critically analyze flash mobs • Explored how news is constructed • Discussed violence and peer pressure • Used Red Lasso (news search engine) • Used computer programming to develop video games and expand learning.
Resources: • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_Mobs%3Athe_Next_Social_Revolution • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_mob • http://www.flashmob.com/ • http://www.smartmobs.com/ • FCJ-030 Flash! Mobs in the Age of Mobile Connectivity. • Flash mob craze spreads • Want to buy a Flash Mob?
More resources: • http://video.mit.edu/watch/smart-mobs-the-next-social-revolution-9859/ • http://theherdeffect.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/freedom-of-expression-flash-mobs/ • http://www.futurecrimes.com/article/when-flash-mobs-become-crime-mobs-2/ • http://youtu.be/4UHL9AzPAyI
Other “Flash Mob” performances: • Frozen Flash Mob performance http://youtu.be/jwMj3PJDxuo • Marriage Proposal Flash Mob http://youtu.be/c0dGRDvmO54 • Central Station Antwerp Flash Mob http://youtu.be/bQLCZOG202k • Epic Flash Mob in a library http://youtu.be/mnCXb6gffwg • Grocery Store Flash Mob http://youtu.be/WnY59mDJ1gg • Bollywood Flash Mob http://youtu.be/s8U8SHnQ4mk