On Thursday, I participated in my first flash mob. Before taking New Media and Communication this semester, I had a vague idea of what a flash mob from the AT&T commercial. Almost every has seen this commercial, but for those of you who live under a rock, a guy starts dancing in the middle of time square but is interrupted with a text message saying “Flash Mob postponed”. I always laughed at the commercial but I didn’t really understand the point of a flash mob. I now understand that a Flash mob is an in-person meeting of people you typically communicate with electronically, and is typically a performance. I also know now that Wasik developed the concept of a flash mob and many times they have a political message.
Before the actual performance, I used my phone to have to text message as many people as I could to get them to participate in the flash mob. I wanted to try and more than 3 people to come so we could have even more people involved. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find anyone to participate, but we had a good group all the same.
When we had our class Flash Mob on Thursday at the sub, it was a lot of fun, although doing snow angels in the middle of the Student Union Building was a bit silly. People stopped what in the middle of the SUB to watch us do our performance and I even heard some people saying, “They’re doing a flash mob”. We did our performance for about 2 ½ minutes or however long the song, “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow” is. I was actually tired at the end since most people make snow angels only for a few seconds at a time, not for 2 ½ minutes. When we were finished, we left like nothing happened and went about with the rest of our day. It was a fun experience and I would totally do it again!