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Flashmobbing returns

By johnboy 16 October 2007 27


Hilarious? Culture jamming? A good excuse to go to the pub? Soooo 2003? Or just a way for hip cats with a large set of Facebook friends to make other people feel awkward?

In any event the wonder of YouTube brings you the latest effort in the Canberra Centre on October 13.

I thought the singing was rather good.

What’s Your opinion?

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Maelinar 10:57 am 22 Oct 07

5min specials at Fyshwick ?

Mr Evil 10:05 am 22 Oct 07

Flashknobbing methinks.

Maelinar 8:33 am 22 Oct 07

How about we have a flashmob at the Durham Arms this Friday at 4:30 – 4:45 ?

Show up, all try to buy 1 beer at once, and then depart.

** Disclaimer **
I don’t work for the Durham, and I’ve got no business interest in their franchise.

Cameron 11:39 pm 21 Oct 07

1) Whilst stereotypical, the assertion that this is “art student hippie crap” is a reasonable one.

2) As I said in my first post in this thread, flashmobbing, in my opinion, was funny to watch in its original form. The evolution of the flashmob is just getting silly (again, in my opinion). In any case, most of the comparisons you made to regular events are like apples and oranges. Fundamentally, flashmobbing is the same thing – supposed strangers rocking up at a prearranged time and location and doing something designed to get attention. Over time, the impact of a flashmob, particularly in a town the size of Canberra, will decrease for both the participants and the ‘audience’.

3) Some people will find it funny, others won’t. As I said before, I thought the early stuff was funny. None of the Canberra ones have come close to amusing me.

Flashmobbers: Do it all you please. For all the reasons you mention, it can be harmless fun for those that want to partake.

Just remember that not everyone thinks that is the best thing since sliced bread, and remember that there will be people who you will disrupt by doing it.

Comic 11:06 pm 21 Oct 07

I especially like how the people criticising it have essentially got 3 bases for that:

1) it is art student hippie crap
2) it has been done before
3) it just isn’t that funny

1) I wasn’t aware that spending 15 minutes doing something reasonably pointless with a group of people on a Saturday required a tertiary education… Is this the untimely end of football?

2)People meet in the same places week in, week out to play sports against the same teams, pray using the same words to the same god and trawl youtube looking for the next Chris Crocker… Invading Poland has been done before, but it seems to get more fun every time, exactly what was your point?

3) Eddie Murphy in Delirious is funny, flashmobbing? The surprise and absurdity is perhaps intended to amuse (if not actually be funny).

Tim Ferguson said it best: “Can’t we all just love one another? Even Oedipus had a mother.”

Infinityoz 10:53 pm 21 Oct 07

Funny how some of the commentators on here love to put people down, isn’t it? Oh poor possums, the youth of today is so awful, wouldn’t happen in your day hey? And of course they were all Arts students, they must have been, who else would do that? Well, I was there, I wore a white Tshirt and jeans, I sang [loudly and out of tune] and thoroughly enjoyed it … and … well … ummm … I’m 58 … so go bag your heads you critics who are too dignified and cool to stoop to such random fun!

minihumbug 7:30 pm 21 Oct 07

Actually, the first ever flash mob was created in 2003. And the largest ever flashmobbing known occurred in November last year. So … um … I’m inclined to say they’re still kinda raging.

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