It was a recipe for disaster: planned on Facebook, involving teenage kids and 20-something year-olds, a public place, in Philadelphia. That – now – means one thing and one thing only.
But it was April Fool’s and Drexel University students, about 500-600 of them, descended on 30th Street Station for their own take on the flash mob. At 6:30 last night, they all froze in place for three minutes.
The Inquirer reports that the “happening,” if you will, originally involved 1,300 students (at least that many had participated in the Facebook group titled “30th Street Station Freeze”) was sponsored by the Drexel Flash Mob and local improv group Stealthy Elephant, according to the Facebook page, and featured a positive message. One participant wrote, “As long as everyone stays nonviolent, we can show the world that Philly can still have fun…Other flash mobs have recently given us a bad name—let's change that.”
Once the clock hit 6:33, the massive crowd erupted in applause.
Professional video of the event is available here.
Nice work, kids. You’ve got PhillyNow’s vote of confidence.
CNET reports members of the Philadelphia City Council want to sue social networking sites they believe hosted organizing that led to dozens of teens rampaging through the downtown Macy's store this week. "Two members of Philadelphia's city council are considering legal action against Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace in the wake of a "flash mob" earlier this week that turned violent, according to a letter sent to the city's mayor and obtained by CNET. They claim that social-media sites don't do enough to keep tabs on violence that could be organized through their communication channels. No charges have been drawn up, in the letter the councilmembers ask the permission of Mayor Michael Nutter to "pursue the possibility" of a lawsuit. "It is disheartening; to say the least, that these youth so casually disrespected our residents, businesses, customers, visitors, and our police department," the letter dated Wednesday said. "While they certainly owe this city an apology and deserve to be punished under the fullest extent of the law, we believe that social media outlets should also bear some of the blame." The letter, written by council members Frank DiCicco and James F. Kenney, explains that this is the second such time a band of mischievous teens has formed via social media and went on to destroy property. "We believe that the lack of monitoring of these sites allows for mass, organized riots to occur.""
Teens congregate on South Street for another violent flash mob. What is wrong with these kids?
Mayor Nutter teased us this morning with his big 11:30 press conference concerning the flash mobs.