Sunday, August 14, 2011
Somebody obviously doesn't have enough to do. They call each other to get several hundred friends together on a moments notice to have a pillow fight in the street, or dance at an airport, or sing in a mall.
They call these seemingly impromptu gatherings Flashmobs.
And now, we find those who-don't-play-well-with-the-other-kids-on-the-playground have adopted the technique to instigate riots and lootings en masse. Phhhft. One looter, interviewed recently with a bandana over his face stated, "It's nuffin', it's like Christmas, innit?"
Officials are thinking of taking away cell phone use to curb such violent gatherings. One commentator likened it to taking away telephones twenty years ago. Pretty silly.
I must admit I was taken in when the phenomena began. It was like improv art. The greatest thing was the expression on the surprised public faces. But surely these singers and dancers and pillow fighters would have stopped to think about where their seemingly innocent and sometimes pointless antics would lead.
It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.
Obviously they all need something else to do. Like laundry.
Posted by Rand MacIvor at 8:58 AM