Flash mob

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First flash mob in Sydney, Australia, 2003

A flash mob (or flashmob) is when people suddenly come together in a public place to do something. After they are done, they disperse again. Many times, the people coming together do not know each other. Flash mobs are often done for entertainment, satire, and art.[1][2][3] Flash mobs may be organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails.[4][5][6][7][8]

The term was first used in 2003. It is generally not used for events and performances organized for politics (such as protests), advertisments, or actions that involve public relation firms or paid professionals.[6][9][10] If a flash mob is planned, the term smart mob is often used.

The term "flash rob" or "flash mob robberies", a reference to the way flash mobs assemble, has been used to describe many robberies and assaults done by groups of teenage youth.[11][12][13] Bill Wasik, originator of the first flash mobs, and a number of other commentators have questioned or objected to the usage of "flash mob" to describe criminal acts.[13][14] Flash mob has also been featured in some Hollywood movie series, such as Step Up.[15]

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  7. "Time Freezes in Central London". ABC News. April 30, 2008. Retrieved January 25, 2009.
  8. Sandra Shmueli (August 8, 2003). "'Flash mob' craze spreads". CNN.
  9. "Manifestul Aglomerarilor Spontane / A Flashmob Manifesto". December 5, 2004. Archived from the original on February 9, 2007. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
  10. Ed Fletcher (December 23, 2010). "Failed choral 'flash mob' may not have qualified for term". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  11. Annie Vaughan (June 18, 2011). "Teenage Flash Mob Robberies on the Rise". Fox News. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  12. Erin Skarda (May 12, 2011). "Flash Mobs Turned Criminal: The Rise of Flash Robberies". Time. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Bill Wasik (November 11, 2011). "'Flash Robs': Trying to Stop a Meme Gone Wrong". Wired. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  14. "'Flash Mob' Attacks Used By Gun Rights Advocates To Build Concealed Carry Support". The Huffington Post. August 8, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
  15. "'Step Up Revolution' Director, Choreographers Talk Flash Mob Attraction and Former Martial Artist Ryan Guzman's Debut". The Hollywood Reporter. July 26, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2020.