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Social-media fueled "flash mobs" at first started off rather harmlessly. Except now, "flash mobs" are starting to live up to their "mob" moniker, which begs the question - are flash mobs illegal? Or, are flash mobs a First Amendment issue that is constitutionally protected?
Los Angeles has felt the sting of the flash mob. Earlier in the week, DJ Kaskade tweeted to his 92,000 Twitter followers that he was going to have a "block party."
It may not have been his intent to start a near-riot, but that's what happened. Thousands showed up, and some even vandalized police cars who shot bean bag rounds at the party-goers, reports MediaPost.
The existence of flash mobs have also encouraged Cleveland's city council to create a new crime called "Improper Use of Social Media," which can add a misdemeanor charge to those who are arrested for disorderly conduct, failure to disperse or unlawful congregation if the incident is the result of social media.
Obviously, law enforcement officials - and lawmakers - are now taking note of how easy it is to set up "flash mobs" through one single 140-charcter Tweet.
Though, it seems that most "flash mobs" would likely be protected under the First Amendment, which grants citizens the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech.
The government can place restrictions on free speech, such as on the time, place or manner of expression, if it is justified and serves a significant government interest, which leaves alternative channels of communication. The restriction also has to be content-neutral.
Of course, those who use the "flash mobs" for illegal activity - such as vandalizing or committing robbery - will still be legally liable. Though, it seems very likely that the right to have a flash mob is First Amendment-protected.
By Cynthia Hsu
http://blogs.findlaw.com/blotter/2011/08/are-flash-mobs-illegal.htmlSocial-media fueled "flash mobs" at first started off rather harmlessly.... more
Flash mobs used to be so much fun. A group of people would arrange to meet in a public place at a particular time and would perform a song or a dance number or some other form of entertainment very suddenly and without warning. Well, the term "flash mob" is rapidly coming to mean something else now. All over the country, young people are using social media and other forms of communication to coordinate shocking large scale crimes.Flash mobs used to be so much fun. A group of people would arrange to meet in a... more
'FLASH MOBS' A NEW TREND IN ROBBERY IN THE U.S....Flash mobs is an event organized by a group of people via social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. More than two dozen young people suddenly arrived at a Germantown 7-Eleven store in Montgomery County on Saturday at 2 a.m and began grabbing snacks, drinks and other items without paying. The so-called "flash mob robbery" was caught on video.http://www.pinoyhalo.com/2011/08/16/flash-mobs-a-new-trend-in-robbery-in-the-u-s/'FLASH MOBS' A NEW TREND IN ROBBERY IN THE U.S....Flash mobs is an event... more
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People under 18 no longer allowed outside after 6PM, 20 new surveillance cameras to protect you from "flash mobs" in a US county added by Pfailblog
In WTF news, cops in the Cleveland area are cracking down on teens participating in flash mobs. Yes, flash mobs! If you haven't seen this phenomenon, a flash mob is strictly for entertainment purposes where strangers meet in a public place to dance, have a pillow fight or dress up as if it's a zombie apocalypse. However, it seems Cuyahoga County have witnessed some riots and the police are making sure teens are under parent supervision. The police department is also monitoring social networking sites to avoid future riot-causing flash mobs. RIDICULOUS! What's next? Checking our Facebook event pages and cracking down house parties? Honestly, I think cops are just jealous they are never invited to the party.
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This Saturday, July 31st, The Movement LA, will be hosting a FREESTYLE flash mob dance in Serra Park off Olvera St., across from Union Station, at 1:19pm sharp! We will be videotaping* this event to raise awareness about our non- profit organization’s message and to celebrate National Dance Day!
The Movement LA strives to empower disadvantaged, at- risk youth to creatively express themselves through the exploration of the art, music, dance and culture of House.
The freestyle dance flash mob will start at 1:19pm sharp, be there early if you like but don’t be late if you want to be on video! It will only last for one 7 minute long track so it’s very important to be prompt to be included in this event! Bring your smile, instruments and dancing shoes for this joyous event and worthy cause.
Visit unifythemovement.org for more information and see you there!
*By attending event you give The Movement Inc. full permission to use your images for video to be posted online and perhaps air on FOX without any restrictions.
Map to event:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode&q=125+Paseo+De+La+Plaza%2C+Los+Angeles%2C+CA+90012&sll=37.0625%2C-95.677068&sspn=41.224889%2C53.085938&ie=UTF8&hq&hnear=125+Paseo+De+La+Plaza%2C+Los+Angeles%2C+California+90012&view=mapThis Saturday, July 31st, The Movement LA, will be hosting a FREESTYLE flash mob dance... more
Coffee drinkers at Pete's in Danville were surprised Saturday morning by a flash mob. After hearing,"All the single ladies! Where are all the single ladies?," a group of women with boas started dancing and exercising to Beyonce's "All the Single Ladies."Coffee drinkers at Pete's in Danville were surprised Saturday morning by a flash... more
Flash mobs are typically formed for the amusement of attendees and spectators, but Carrotmob has turned the flash mob into an engine for social change. Carrotmob convinces consumer flash mobs to shop at retailers who have agreed to contribute a percentage of their income towards making their operation more environmentally friendly. The newly formed NYC wing of Carrotmob pits two Brooklyn hardware stores against each other in a bidding war for the highest percentage of sales to go towards the cause. Carrotmob then spreads with word using tools like Facebook and Twitter to launch the first ever New York City reverse boycott.Flash mobs are typically formed for the amusement of attendees and spectators, but... more
Authorities in San Francisco have announced a crackdown on "flash mobs" after a mass pillow fight on Valentine's Day left the city with clean-up costs estimated at over $20,000 (£14,600).
The worldwide phenomenon of flash mobs - in which groups of people suddenly appear at pre-arranged public places - works mainly via tip-offs through websites and text messages, with no identifiable leaders.
But it rained during this year's annual pillow fight, and mountains of sticky feathers clogged municipal drains, flooding streets and business premises.
"It was quite a mess, much more than we have experienced in previous years," said Mohammed Nuru, the city's deputy director of public works. "Everywhere was feathers."Authorities in San Francisco have announced a crackdown on "flash mobs"... more
Partly anarchistic, partly absurdist, the international fad of "Flash Mobs" - in which a mob of participants suddenly materializes at a public place, engages in odd behavior and then disperses - is causing increasing headaches for the city of San Francisco.
This year's Valentine's Day pillow fight was, quite simply, a mess, causing thousands of dollars in damage and leaving behind mounds of wet, sticky feathers which clogged drains, caused the flooding of a restaurant and forced a city fountain to be emptied. In it's aftermath, the city is looking for ways to prevent future flash mob gatherings.
Of course, attempts to contact the organizers of the pillow fights, or other flash mob gatherings, proved futile.Partly anarchistic, partly absurdist, the international fad of "Flash Mobs"... more
One of the basic tools of any good hacker has always been the ability to utilize the concept of social engineering as made famous by people like Kevin Mitnick and the Badir Brothers. The idea being -– according to Wikipedia — that “All social engineering techniques are based on specific attributes of human decision-making known as cognitive biases. These biases, sometimes called "bugs in the human hardware," are exploited in various combinations to create criminal attack techniques.”
While this type of ploy has been used to gain access to computer systems for various reasons, it also raises an interesting idea of it being used to get people to willingly do things on the Web that they might not think of doing on their own. Its possible that this is just another form of the mob mentality that we see in things like flash mobs, but isn't this just another form of social hacking?
Long before things like social networks and social media were the hot buzzwords used to spark VC feeding frenzies, Web forums and newsgroups were the main social communication tool. People would scour Web forums to spread news about people or products, good or bad. The overall effect of this type of promotion was usually limited, but it was still possible to get people riled up over something on a much larger scale.
Then along came blogs and the ability to instantly publish or comment about a person or a product. It provided a much easier way to galvanize people into acting, even if only verbally. To this mix now come things like Twitter, FriendFeed, Facebook, or any number of instant social tools that can broadcast your message instantly around the world to a potentially unlimited number of people. The effect being that within minutes you can galvanize an immense number of people into a single action.
One of the best of the classic online flash mobs can be seen anytime anyone says something negative about Apple products. The moment someone posts something like this, whether on a Web forum or a blog, you can be sure that in very short order the site will be inundated with Apple’s faithful arguing against whatever has been said. This varies from intelligent discussion to hateful things being said about the person who wrote the post.
Bring this forward to today and we see, as Svetlana Gladkova at Profy.com points out in a post, just how easy it could be to cause a major news group to pull down a service because of a social hack.
CNN editors expected to receive opinions from the site’s main target audience (which definitely is not in Russia) but what it received instead were mainly votes from Russia with the first answer getting 92% of votes (or over 329 thousand of people).
How did this happen? Very simple actually. The information about the CNN poll quickly made it to the Russian blogosphere (it is impossible to determine where it all started because of the huge number of posts on the topic) and bloggers started encouraging their readers to go to CNN and vote for the first option. The news was quickly disseminated over an enormous number of the Russian blogs and the results were predictable: 92% supported the official point of view of Russia.
The reality is that even with the simple social media tools that we have today it would be incredibly easy to use them to organize people unknowingly to attack the Web presence of a person or brand. Just as we can see daily on services like Twitter, where people are being directed to charities or new products, this group mentality could potentially be used as in the CNN story to cause damage. Why use things like botnets when you can just as easily obtain the same results by using social media - and it’s legal to boot.
Is it really that large of a step before incidents like the one that happened with CNN become part of the norm? Are we really beyond being used in such a way without even realizing that we have been a part of a social hack attack? Would you even realize it if you had been socially hacked?One of the basic tools of any good hacker has always been the ability to utilize the... more
Remember "Frozen Grand Central" from a few weeks ago...couple hundred people stood frozen in Grand Central station for five minutes, bewildering all the traveling bystanders?
Now it's SF's turn, this Saturday at the Powell Cable Car turn around...
Remember "Frozen Grand Central" from a few weeks ago...couple hundred people... more
Inspired by Improv Everywhere's stunt in Grand Central Station last month, over 200 people freeze at the exact same second - this time in Trafalgar Square, London....Inspired by Improv Everywhere's stunt in Grand Central Station last month, over... more
It's that time of the year. Nothing warms my heart like watching a scrawny hipster chicks level investment bankers with their ironically embroidered pillows!
Pillow Fight (formerly known as Valentine’s) Day is here again!!!
Where: Justin Herman Plaza (Market & Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA.
When: February 14th, when the Ferry Building clock strikes 6pm.
What: PILLOW FIGHT!!!
1) Tell everyone you know about Pillow Fight!
2) Tell EVERYONE YOU KNOW about Pillow Fight!!!
3) Nothing in your pillow but pillow.
4) Don’t hit anyone with out a pillow.
5) Don’t hit anyone operating a camera.
The Food Bank and Coalition on Homelessness will be collecting donations this year. Help the less fortunate with pillows, blankets, clothing and non-perishable food items and don’t forget a few trash bags to help clean up.
THANK YOU, SAN FRANCISCO!!!!
It's that time of the year. Nothing warms my heart like watching a scrawny... more
Call to all fans of flash mobs, exhibitionism, and other forms of public sillyness- A group of who knows how many will be meeting to ride BART sans pants tomorrow. I realize my question is beside the point, but is being pantless in public legal?Call to all fans of flash mobs, exhibitionism, and other forms of public sillyness- A... more
Zombies are expected to roam the streets of San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 11th at precisely 7:30 pm. Rising from the dead, these zombies will convene at the public Library take over the park in front of the Civic Center. ironically, the mayoral debate is also planned in this location and timeframe. Beware and check the website for further reports.Zombies are expected to roam the streets of San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 11th at... more