From the youtube description:
More than 200 dancers were performing their version of “Do Re Mi”, in the Central Station of Antwerp. with just 2 rehearsals they created this amazing stunt! Those 4 fantastic minutes started the 23 of march 2009, 08:00 AM. It is a promotion stunt for a Belgian television program, where they are looking for someone to play the leading role, in the musical of “The Sound of Music”.
This was my first introduction to “flashmobs”. It was probably only a year ago that I saw it, but it appears to have been posted on youtube 2 years ago. I remember thinking how cool it was, what a creative idea!, and yes, I’m not ashamed to admit it, it gave me a nice feeling of “wholesome goodness”: it’s a positive song, sung by Ms. Julie Wholesome Andrews, the dancers’ ages spanned childhood to older age, and everyone participating or watching was smiling, laughing, having fun.
According to wikipedia:
Flash mobs are a specific form of smart mob, originally describing a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, do something unusual and pointless for a brief period of time, then quickly disperse. The term flash mob is claimed to have been inspired by “smart mob”. Since its inception, however, “flash mob” has been used by news media and promoters to refer to nearly any form of smart mob….. A smart mob is a group that, contrary to the usual connotations of a mob, behaves intelligently or efficiently because of its exponentially increasing network links. This network enables people to connect to information and others, allowing a form of social coordination.
So, a flash mob can be a type of a smart mob, the “smart” referring to the ability to network. The “smart” definitely doesn’t apply to the characters we see in today’s flash mobs.
My understanding is that the current London riots started because
cops tried to apprehend a young black MALE with a criminal record who was suspected of selling weapons. Shots were exchanged, and he was killed cops are racist. At first it was young blacks causing the rioting, but it seems all colors of youths are now participating. I see some people writing that it’s because of the class divide, and the poor are cutting off their noses to spite their faces showing the rich they have power. While there may be some truth nestled in there, on the whole I don’t buy it. There have been poor people forever, and these poor kids today have social benefits. They don’t have to worry about a roof over their head or food on the table. No, this rioting behavior isn’t about not having money, it’s about not having values.
NES posted an interesting article along these lines. In part, it asserts:
Most have no jobs to go to or exams they might pass. They know no family role models, for most live in homes in which the father is unemployed, or from which he has decamped. They are illiterate and innumerate, beyond maybe some dexterity with computer games and BlackBerries.
They are essentially wild beasts. I use that phrase advisedly, because it seems appropriate to young people bereft of the discipline that might make them employable; of the conscience that distinguishes between right and wrong.
They respond only to instinctive animal impulses — to eat and drink, have sex, seize or destroy the accessible property of others.
I think there’s a lot of truth in these words. However, I suspect that it isn’t the whole story – at least not for everyone engaged in mob behavior. Yup, I’m thinking of obots. Many of them were NOT poor, but they certainly participated in thuggery, showed no conscience, acted as though the end justifies the means. Just as these London thugs now seem to be rioting just to satisfy their immediate urges to have a new TV or new clothing, the bots cheated in the caucuses and with the RBC to satisfy their immediate urge to get this historic figure into office, with no critical, moral thought to the means they used to get there, or of what the long term consequences might be of electing an empty suit. But again, it still boils down to a big void in the values department – and sadly, it describes a large number of our youth today (and some “mature” (ahem) people in our political parties).
Philadelphia has been having a lot of problems with black flash mobs which are wreaking havoc on the city and its inhabitants. The mayor, Michael Nutter (a big Hillary supporter), himself black, recently took these kids and their familes to task:
Way to go, Michael Nutter! I’ve always respected Bill Cosby for his ongoing attempts to get his fellow blacks to shape themselves up, instead of always blaming others. Of course, most in the black community seemed to condemn him, shooting the messenger, insisting any criticism was racist, and preferring to find solace in the race baiting of the accepted black leaders, who wouldn’t make any money if they didn’t encourage blacks to feel victimized and helpless.
Make sure you read Reverend Amy’s excellent piece on Nutter’s reaction to the violence in his city. I read it, and when I did, I found PMM had posted in the comments an excellent video of Bill Cosby addressing these issues within his community.
But again – the problems in the black community aren’t the whole of it. We have a whole lot of people who seem very egocentric, whose social conscience seems to be virtually non-existent. The republicans are rightly drawing attention to these problems, but OMG, that’s all we need is for a far-righty to be determining the solutions. They’ll throw the baby out with
all our rights the bathwater. But the left won’t address the issue, because it wouldn’t be pc, and goshdarn, it might hurt some people’s feelings! Well, I know one person who could have bridged the divide and come up with some solutions. Sigh…..
Well, I wanted to end with a video clip of that time Hillary went on a late night comedy show, and they pretended they couldn’t get things on the set to work, and Hillary came out, asked a few questions, and then solved the problem. I’ve been looking forever and I can’t find it. If anyone knows what I mean, maybe you could post it in the comments!
Note: I was disgusted by the sight of what those hoodlums are doing in England, and hearing that social media or blackberries were being used to orchestrate it, it reminded me of the Ms. Julie Wholesome Andrews’ flash mob. So, here I was, innocently writing this piece, but going back and reading the threads I missed while I was at work. And what do I see, but UW posting this:
The time is now to ban flash mobs in the USA without a permit. Period. You might have known this generation would turn flash mob dancing into terror. Little bastards.
Grrrr. FIRST she demonstrates that she knows when I am lurking. NOW she is reading my mind. It’s SPOOKY! lol