Monday, August 04, 2003

I think it's time for me to give up this blog, now that the phenomenon has reached the New York Times (page A4, w/photo, in today's edition): "What: Mob Scene. Who: Strangers. Point: None." (*And* CNN.)

I've got other stuff to do, and besides, there are so many other blogs out there devoted to mobbing now. Anyway, it's been fun. See you at the next mob!

Saturday, August 02, 2003

New Tinseltown Mob: first event slated for September.

New Gateway Arch Mob

[Note: The link to "A picture" below did not work when I tried it.]

To: mobblogger@yahoo.com
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 21:04:28 -0500
Subject: St. Louis Mob

Just wanted to pass on some information for reporting to the world. St.
Louis had it's first ever MOB last evening at a popular, local record
store. Approximately 40 people met and entered the store to aimlessly
search the $4.99 bargain bin until the phrase, 'Found it' was announced.

Store patrons and management were bewildered at best. For the first MOB
event in St Louis, the precedent has started. More are in the works . . .

More information at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stlmob/.

A picture:

-The Legend


Photos of St. Louis Mob #1
Estimated turnout: 40

Instructions for and Coverage of Boston Mob #1

Harvard Coop greeting-card mob: "Ode to Bill." Instructions here.

Claudia, "Mob pictures," August 1, 2003 (w/photos)

Bradley's Almanac, "The First Boston Flash Mob : Ode to Bill," July 31, 2003 (w/photos, including stills of local TV coverage; plus links to other blog coverage)

bitter-girl.com, July 31, 2003 (w/photos)

wackyfun.net, "Boston Flash Mob #1: Ode to Bill," August 1, 2003

The Sacrifice Zone (!), July 31, 2003 (w/photos)

Coverage of Minneapolis Mob #2
How to walk, chew gum, and ride an escalator, all at once

Fimoculous, July 30, 2003 (w/photos and scan of on-site instructions)
Estimated turnout: 170

The Perks of Being a Democrat, July 30, 2003 (w/photos)
Estimated turnout: 200

New Lone Star Mob: "downtown, umbrellas, synchronized crosswalk";
first Austin mob to convene August 14th.

Friday, August 01, 2003

Manhattan Mob #6 Coming Your Way

Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 22:07:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: The Mob Project
Subject: MOB #6
To: themobproject@yahoo.com

You are invited to take part in MOB, the project that
creates an inexplicable mob of people in New York City
for ten minutes or less. Please forward this to other
people you know who might like to join.


Q. Why would I want to join an inexplicable mob?

A. Tons of other people are doing it.

Q. Can I wear a costume to the mob?

A. Please don't.

Q. If I am a reporter, can I write about the mob? I
am aware that many articles have already been written
about the mob, and yet I feel that the world needs

A. Feel free to write about the mob. Press builds the
mob, and anything that builds the mob is pro-mob.

Q. Does the Mob Project take requests?

A. The Mob Project will take precisely one request.
Write an email describing your dream mob and send it,
under the subject heading "My Dream Mob," to mydreammob@yahoo.com.
Entries must be received by August 15th. The winning entry will be
used as the basis for a future mob. (Note: New York City ideas only.)

Q. The last mob didn't have enough spectators. I want
to be seen whilst I mob.

A. Alright, then.

Start time: Thursday, August 7th, 7:18 pm

(1) At some point during the day on August 7th,
synchronize your watch to
(If that site doesn't work for you, try

(2) By 7 PM, based on the month of your birth, please
situate yourselves in the bars below. Buy a drink and
act casual. NOTE: if you are attending the MOB with
friends, you may all meet in the same bar, so long as
at least one of you has the correct birth month for
that bar.
January, February, March: Hamburger Harry's, 145
W. 45th St. (just east of Broadway). Meet by the bar.
April, May, June: Connolly's Pub, 121 W. 45th St. (between 6th
Ave. & Broadway). Meet in the back, by the window to the kitchen.
July, August, September: Charley O's, 218 W. 45
St. (just west of Broadway). Meet by the bar.
October, November, December: Howard Johnson's,
1551 Broadway (at 46th St.). Meet in the back to the
left, by the bar.

(3) Then or soon thereafter, a MOB representative will
appear in the bar and will pass around further

(4) In particular, the instructions will specify when
to disperse. Make sure that two minutes after the
specified time, you are no longer at the mob site. The instructions
will also specify a short window of time — two to three minutes — when
we ask that you not take photographs of the mob, or interview
participants or bystanders.

(5) After the mob, return to what you otherwise would
have been doing. Await instructions for MOB #7.


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