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March 13, 2007

The rise and fall of flash mobs

photo of a typical flash mob

I hadn't thought of this until I read this article on the website for Stay Free! magazine, but you don't hear much about flash mobs anymore. Which is odd, given all of the press and hype they were getting just a couple of years ago.

"Bill", the guy who started the New York flash mob craze, gives a great account of their origin, explosion in popularity, inevitable backlash, and how and why he decided to move on to something else. Well worth reading.

P.S. It's also once again reminding fans of flash mobs and related art genres the debt they owe to the late Allan Kaprow, creator of the '60s "happenings".

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at March 13, 2007 08:35 PM


I find it slightly sad that Bill chooses not to acknowledge Larry Niven's treatment of the idea ... especially since it was published around 30 years earlier.

Posted by: Doug L. at March 22, 2007 07:03 PM