A flash mob is a form of collective performance art, usually organized via the Internet, in which groups of people meet at an agreed-upon time and place and carry out some agreed-upon, attention-getting action.
Some people have explored ways of using flash mobs to make make political statements, but most flash mobbing is simply done for fun.
- In June 2003, nearly 200 people gathered in the home furnishings department at Macy's department store in New York City, each requesting a "love rug for their suburban commune."
- Later that year, another flash mob materialized on a rock in Central Park, making loud bird noises.
- In August 2003, some 40 people gathered in the middle of a city street in Berlin, took out their cell phones, shouted "Yes! Yes!" and burst into applause.
- "Distributed Protest," Kuro5hin, August 1, 2003.