Mr. Steed's 6th Grade Computer Class Blog
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May 24th, 2010 Xtra-Credit Sponge

On an episode of “Glee” on May 18th, 2010, a handicapped student has a daydream about what he would do if he could ever get out of his wheelchair and walk again (Artie, in the red sweater vest).  In the clip he uses a flash mob.  A flash mob (or flashmob) is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse. The term flash mob is generally applied only to gatherings organized via telecommunications, social media or viral emails.  The term is generally not applied to events organized by public relations firms, protests, and publicity stunts.  How are flash mobs a good or bad thing?  How could they get out of control?  Is this a good use of technology? Tell me your opinion.

A “flash mob” pillow fight in Toronto during Worldwide Pillow Fight Day where OVER 5,000 people participated worldwide.

A Flash Mob of Pregnant Women Breakdancing in London

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45 Responses to “May 24th, 2010 Xtra-Credit Sponge”

  1. IT IS GOOD BECAUSE YOU CAN MEET A LOT OF NEW PEOPLE

  2. Flash mob’s if your not careful it could easily get out of hand if you say the wrong thing or something. These coming togethers might be for a good cause but in some cases can lead to a bad ending. The flash mobs are for a good cause so that’s good but if it gets out of hand it can lead to some injures. The mob can get out of control buy if say you say something offending and you didn’t know it. So these mob’s are a good and bad thing if you look at it.

  3. It is not a waste of technology. To me it sounds cool. Any one could go do it for free. And it looks fun. If a pregnant lady can do it any one can. They only will get out of control if some one pulls out a weapon. Or a police man try to stop it. No one likes the Po-Po.

  4. its good so u can meet other people u would of probally meet before. but Flash mob’s if your not careful it could easily get out of hand if you say the wrong thing or something.

  5. so why would thay have pranitg wamen out there brackdansing yhat could hort there baby. and why is it safe to danes some times no it is no safe to danes. i thank that all of it si stop it to do all of it.put someyhing beder out there insteld of that stopit crap. speshy daning why you are prenit for rill be serise.

  6. I THINK THAT FLASH MOB ARE BOTH GOOD AND BAD.
    *I THINK THAT ITS GOOD BECAUSE IT BRINGS US TOGETHER.
    BECAUSE USUALLY EVERYONE COMES TOGETHER AND CELEBRATES THE SAME THING. OR GETS ALONG WHILE DANCING
    *AND THEN IT MIGHT BE BAD BECUASE IT MIGHT CAUSE SOMTHING BAD TO HAPPEN. BECAUSE PEOPLE MIGHT START DISAGREEING ON SOMTHING, OR ACCIDENTLY HIT OR TRIP OVER SOMEONE, EVERYONE WOULD GET MAD, AND WOULD START DRAMA.

  7. i think that they r crazy because they r pregnant and that they r brake dancing with a baby.

  8. flashmob can be a good thang cuz if someone famous is there and sees u dancin like tat then they could reecomend u to a record company or somting.

  9. i think its bad because girls should not be brake dancing.

  10. i THINK IT IS A GOOD IDEA BECAUSE IT LOOKS REALLY COOL IF YOU DONT LET IT GET OUT OF HAND. I THINK IT IT IS A GOOD IDEA IF YOU DID IT DANCING. I ALSO THINK IT WOULD BE COOL IF THEY PUT IT IN MOVIES.

  11. so why would thay have pranitg wamen out there brackdansing yhat could hort there baby. and why is it safe to danes some times no it is no safe to danes. i thank that all of it si stop it to do all of it.put someyhing beder out there insteld of that stopit crap. speshy daning why you are prenit for rill be serise.

  12. I THINK THAT FLASH MOB ARE BOTH GOOD AND BAD.
    *I THINK THAT ITS GOOD BECAUSE IT BRINGS US TOGETHER.
    BECAUSE USUALLY EVERYONE COMES TOGETHER AND CELEBRATES THE SAME THING. OR GETS ALONG WHILE DANCING
    *AND THEN IT MIGHT BE BAD BECUASE IT MIGHT CAUSE SOMTHING BAD TO HAPPEN. BECAUSE PEOPLE MIGHT START DISAGREEING ON SOMTHING, OR ACCIDENTLY HIT OR TRIP OVER SOMEONE, EVERYONE WOULD GET MAD, AND WOULD START DRAMA……..

  13. so why would thay have pranitg wamen out there brackdansing yhat could hort there baby. and why is it safe to danes some times no it is no safe to danes. i thank that all of it si stop it to do all of it.put someyhing beder out there insteld of that stopit crap. speshy daning why you are prenit for rill be serise………………..yea

  14. I THINK THATT IT’S MMK BECAUSE I THINK YOU CANMEET OTHER PEOPLE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT?!?!?

  15. I THINK THATT IT’S MMK BECAUSE I THINK YOU CANMEET OTHER PEOPLE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT?!?!?!?!

  16. so why would thay have pranitg wamen out there brackdansing yhat could hort there baby. and why is it safe to danes some times no it is no safe to danes. i thank that all of it si stop it to do all of it.put someyhing beder out there insteld of that stopit crap. speshy daning why you are prenit for rill be serise………………..yea!!!!!

  17. IT IS GUD THING CAUSE U CAN MEET NEW PPL

    @L3X BL@K3 4TH

  18. BECAUSE USUALLY EVERYONE COMES TOGETHER AND CELEBRATES THE SAME THING. OR GETS ALONG WHILE DANCING
    ND THEN IT MIGHT BE BAD BECAUSE IT MIGHT CAUSE SOMETHING BAD TO HAPPEN BECAUSE PEOPLE MIGHT START DISAGREEING ON SOMETHING OR ACCIDENTALLY HIT OR TRIP OVER SOMEONE EVERYONE WOULD GET MAD ND WOULD START DRAMA

  19. i think tht flash mobs r a qudd and a bad thinqq the reason tht they r qudd is because it qets everybody toqetherr andd talkinqq to each otherr andd they r bad because wht if sum thinqq happens like people start to disaqree andd then it kud qet violent andd every bodyy kud end uhp fiqhtinqq or sumthinqq

  20. I think they are a bad thing. You could start a fight. You could damage property. You could use your computer for research instead.

  21. It could be good. If it is like a campaign. Also if it is for like a good purpose. And it could get out of control from a disagreement.

  22. i think they are a bad because they just make things more wilder

  23. WELL ITS A GOOD THING CAUSE IT MAKES IT LOOK LIKE THERE IS MORE PEOPLE THERE TO SUPPORT THE VIDEO THAN NORMAL

  24. It is not a waste of technology. To me it sounds cool. Any one could go do it for free.

  25. ITS LIKE GOOD AND BAD CUZ SOME TIMES IT CAN GET OUT OF CANTROLL AND CAN CUASE LOTS OF PROBLEMS BUT ITS ALSO GOOD CUZ PEOPLE CAN HAVE FUN WHEN THEY OUT WALKING

  26. It all depends what the mob is argueing about if it is something stupid like whos better pizza hut or papa jhons then it is a bad thing and if people start fighting in the streets in stuff its a bad thing.

  27. It depends on what the mob was started for in the first place

  28. YES THEY COULD BECAUSE THEY COULD GET INTO FIGHTS

  29. I think mobs are a bad idea because they could get a person hurt or killed. Also mobs are a good thing because they could be good protesters.

  30. I think it is bad idea because it will started fights and alot of different stuff that is crazy.

  31. I think that flash mob us good on some circumstances. Most of them are pointless so no harm. Although if they get violent that’s something else. Although if it’s something recreational like “pregnant woman dance off” (although to me it’s a pointless idea) isn’t doing any harm so I see nothing bad. Besides we are promised,in the first amendment, the right to assembly as long as it’s peacefully.

  32. i think it is a good thing because many people cant be them self in the public. But with the flash mob you can be who ever and what ever when ever you feel like it. you don’t have to worry about looking stupid.

  33. IDK I guess because you can have a good time.

  34. IDK I guess because you can have a good time. They can meet other people to.

  35. i think its good and bad. it can be good by. leting people expres them self. it can anoy people.

  36. i thank it is a good Tang you have a a lot of people to chose from

  37. its cool. but it looks wierd. it can make people mad. but thats okay.

  38. I think it is a good thing. Some of the things people can’t do while they are out they can do on this. Now people can express them selve for who they really are. So yes i think this is a good thing.

  39. It depends on what the mob was started for in the first place.so why would thay have pranitg wamen out there brackdansing yhat could hort there baby.

  40. i think it is going to get out of control because it might start fights and plus people could get push on the ground and get stepped on and people could get hurt.

  41. if not careful it can get out of hand very easy. also it depends on who it is in the mob.also you can meet new people and make friends. also people can maybe get killed if that serious. it can also bring people or the community together. it can also be fun for people. people can also get sent to jail for others actions if out of hand.

  42. -flash mobs may be good because they are out there,you know doing what they like to do,and meeting new people. also i guess it is good because that short moment of time,you feel that you can be yourself and nothing else matters. flash mobs could also be bad because there are a lot of people and if one stupid person decides to do a stupid thing like shoot somebody,nobody knows who did it. but either way i think it would be a good chance for people to meet people if only for a short amount of time. no i do not think that it is a waste of technology because it seems like fun to me…*)

  43. WELL IT DEPENDS WHAT THE FLASH MOB IS ABOUT IN THE FIRS T PLACE!!!! IF ITS OVER A BAD REASON THEN ITS HORRIBLE AANNNDDDD IT KAN LEAD TO FIGHTS RIOTS AN DOTHER PROBLEMS IN A GROUP OF PPL!!!! IF ITS NOT A BAD YOU KNOW REASON THEN I GESS ITS OK I REALLY DONT CARE BOUT IT BUTT IWOULDNT WANT A FIGHT TO BREAK OUT

  44. If your not careful I think they could easily get out of hands. Fights could get started. And other various things could happen. If you keep them in hands then you should be okay. Flash mobs can be both a good and a bed thing!

  45. Theyy cann cause ppl to get out o control ‘ andd Theyy are makeing it complicated for handecapszx !


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