Do Flash Mobs Educate or Promote Violence?

by Christine DeSadeleer Apr 16, 2010
Are flash mobs the best way to educate people about crises around the world, or will they create more violence?

Talk about getting a message across:

Besides these pregnant-dancing-divas, Jamie Oliver also recently organized one on his show, The Food Revolution, to get people on board with healthy eating. Last Hanukkah provided the perfect setting for the first flash mob in Jerusalem in honor of the holiday.

From April 15 to May 2, 2010, Washington D.C.’s Dance is the Answer is using this “world-wide phenomenon that has busted into being” to spread the joy of dancing to people around the city (if you are in the area, be on the look out for some of these routines).

Violence Ensues

Yet, in Philadelphia, the term “flash mob” has become synonymous with crime. Violence has broken out amongst teenagers at so-called organized flash mob events, and social media is being blamed for the ease of gathering trouble-making kids together.

Is this just another case of a peaceful act being co-opted by an always prevalent darker side of humanity? Must we accept that with every positive move we make in life will eventually give rise to the negative flip-side?

It just kinda sucks that these fun scripted or unscripted gatherings may become feared occurrences by communities.

Just For Fun

Before we get too weighed down by the possibilities of violent behavior, let us return to one of the inventors of the flash mob scene, a yearly tradition that has no educational component whatsoever, but is sure to make you chuckle:

Do you think flash mobs are helpful, or pointless and possibly harmful? Share your thoughts below.

Feature photo: welovethesky

Community Connection

Wanna learn how to get your own (peaceful) flash mob started? Then check out HOW TO: Start a Massive Dance Party.

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