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SMART ACTIVISM: Flash Mobs: A new protest strategy?

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San Fransisco flash mob in action

Flash
Mobs
are the latest Internet craze circling the
planet. They are examples of smart
mobs
, a term coined by writer Howard Rheingold,
which describes the use of modern technology
to quickly mobilize people for spontaneous creative
gatherings. It is only a matter of time before flash
mobs are utilised effectively as part of a href="http://www.flashprotest.org">swarm
protest strategy. There's been discussion in HREF="http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2003/7/31/14152/8115">geek
circles about using the idea of flash mobs in
protests, including at href="http://www.sydney.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=33899&group=webcast">Sydney
Indymedia recently.

The concept of Flash Mobs can be traced to href="http://www.tbn97.org/archives/00000040.html">
Science Fiction, the href="http://criticalmassrides.info/">critical
mass cycling phenomena, and the href="http://www.nothingness.org/SI/">Situationists
as
psychogeographers
who encapsulated the idea of the
flash mob as the href="http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/people/a.evans/psychogeog.html">d

San Fransisco flash mob in action