Flash Mobs are Memes?

Flash Mobs are Memes

Flash Mobs are memes. In other words something that is easily copied and passed on. Like dancing. The entertainment business has never been bigger. The public want to be entertained and distracted as never before. Flash mobs seem to be popping up just about everywhere.

Just in case you have not seen one before. Here are a few for you enjoy.

It is incredible how fast entertainment trends come and go. What is hot today, may be a dead duck tomorrow.

Flash mobs are a novel entertainment idea, but they have been around for a lot longer than you may think.

Anywhere we care to look in history we have always enjoyed dancing and particularly dancing girls. It may seem a bit old fashioned, but it is what it is.

Some people like to dance, and some people like to watch others dancing and still more like to copy dancers. The top rated TV shows of today, are testament to this simple fact.

They are perfect examples of Memes.

A meme is simply 'something that is copied'. Successful memes get copied a lot. Want to get noticed on the web? Create a memorable Meme.

French Can Can Scandalous

That's Entertainment

Flashmobs are a marketing method as well as an art form.

In general it's main purpose is to entertain but with the added emphasis on product promotion and raising brand awareness.

Dancing has always been used in advertising and promotions in much the same way.

The French Can Can was scandalous when it first appeared, but eventually became associated with the high life in Paris, and in particular the Folies Bergere club frequented by the Parisian elite and artist's.

And just like today it pulled in more people, who simply wanted to be around the celebrities of the day.

Dancing Memes in Action

The Pauline Reader Dancers recreate a dance from the old days. filmed at the 50 th Anniversary of the Haddenham Steam Rally.
The Pauline Reader Dancers recreate a dance from the old days. filmed at the 50 th Anniversary of the Haddenham Steam Rally. | Source

Eurovision Song Contest

As a Marketing tool

Initially flash mobs were seen as just another interesting entertainment. After a while it becomes a bit, O dear not another one.

The difference is that when we consider where the content is heading. It has been specifically designed to be shared with friends via the internet and social networks. The essence of social marketing.

It has to be good fun, entertaining and not overtly ramming a product down your friends throats. That is an instant fail.

As marketing methods go, flash mobs definitely get a lot of attention. With the internet it can go viral and global very quickly. They are usually organized by some social media marketing company, with a distinct objective in mind.

By the time they arrived on Oprah, you know it's mature as a medium, in terms of its novelty value. The Black Eyed Peas performance was brilliant and took Oprah completely by surprise.

Check out the video. Another performance during the interval of the Eurovision Song Contest was also very interesting.

Allegedly the world's biggest flash mob ever was put together. It was truly massive. Apparently making a new World record. In entertainment history.

Black Eyed Peas Video

Web content

One of the interesting aspects of this phenomenon, is in it's rate of turnover.

The internet has created the need for more good quality content. Whatever that is, and who decides quality is another issue.

We can assume it may mean. Things that people would like to know about, read about and see.

When Tim Berners Lee, created the world wide web. He could not have imagined where it would go,

The current situation is a case of unintended outcomes of technological change. Anything that adds to the store of human advancement, enrichment and entertainment has got to be okay.

Flash mobs can be great entertainment, enjoy it while it lasts. It shows the power of the web. We can send a positive message around the world almost instantly.

It may be just be another clever social media marketing method, but at least it is good clean fun and is not hurting anyone.

If we want the internet to be a place, filled with interesting and useful information, and videos about things that are helpful, uplift people, then flash mobs are as good a place to start as any.

Flash Mobs love Dancing

Memes Trends Planking & Batmanning

The world wide web has given us unrivaled access to the world of Art, Science, Music, Literature, History to name but a few areas of interest.

Flash mobs are part of this creative process. We like to be entertained, as well as educated and informed. It is true to say, that we have never before, in the history of human life on Earth, had so much access to so much interesting, useful and beautiful information.

Memes make things go viral. Think of the web and all those pictures of cats. Memes.

The knowledge of nations and individuals, is generously shared and that alone is incredible. Why do some people spend such a huge percentage of their time online, on who knows what, It's a question of personal choice.

There is plenty of good information on the internet. The more that 'we' can add to it the better. If you want to know what is going to be the next best thing in technology.

It may be worth while watching children as they seem to know what the next big thing will be before we do.

As far as Flash mobs go, the Eurovision Song Contest, which is watched by millions of Europeans every year was a watershed moment. The show is celebrated for it's extremely poor taste.

In Europe the contest is considered dull and uninspired, and sometimes downright awful, but still loved and watched by millions right across Europe.

The fact that the worlds biggest ever Flash mob appeared on this show speaks volumes. It is doomed to succeed, for years, so enjoy it.

Planking

Planking & Batmanning

Planking is still buzzing around the web. This is where people stand perfectly still. Like a plank of wood... That's it?

Batmanning is where people hang upside down by their feet? Why? Why not!? Planking and Batmanning obviously have to be photographed or filmed for upload to the web. They have even been used in UK TV ads.

It is almost as much fun as watching paint dry, except that it is really quite funny.

It's truly amazing what human's get up to. What do you think, has the Flash mobs shelf life expired or has it just begun?

Enjoy the videos.

John Snow Planking On 4OD Ad

And Now...A Batmanning Epic Fail

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molometer profile image

molometer 21 months ago Author

Hi TCoote, flash-mobs are great fun and get peoples attention. Everyone loves dancing.


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TCoote 23 months ago from Florida

I love flash mobs! I always thought that they were very creative and fun. Ive seen some where they was a suprise proposal from couples.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Have you noticed an increase in planking and bat-manning in the TV ads lately. I am seeing them everywhere. Cleaned up and ready for the www. lol


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Nell,

We are social butterflies lol.

Redgage is a little plank of a site isn't it? : )

I don't get the planking thing at all.

What do you make of John Show? Just weird.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Planking? haha! I love the flash mobs, I think they are really fun, but the other stuff, Um! haha! got this through redgage, we do get about don't we? lol!


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Debby Bruck,

Thought you might like to see the new trending videos.

These are on the phenomenon planking and batmanning. Totally bonkers.

The curious thing on the planking video is that the subject is an establishment icon.

We would not expect him to do something like this.

Just shows the power of copycat behavior? Enjoy lol


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Thanks JS for the share.

The longer I am on this planet, the more amazed I am by what humans get up to.

Their creativity is astounding.

I often wonder 'how do they think these things up'.

The internet (people) is/are truly incredible.

The speed of sharing ideas is mind-boggling.

Who knows where it will take us next?

We are truly living in interesting times.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Justin,

lol trust you to spot it.

There's nothing like a bit of deep market penetration!

Ask any marketeer?

The planking thing is really quite odd.

There is an ad running here at the moment of a very respected and long serving News anchor.

It just looks wrong somehow?

I will try to get a video of it and post here.

Don't even get me going on Batmanning? WTH?


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I love your sense of humor on this one molometer! I love flash mobs and planking and all the other silly antics that people think of! People never cease to amaze me with their creativity! Nice job glad I saw it on the Feed! Voting up and SHARING!

JSMatthew~


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

i do enjoy a good flashmob, although the freeze mobs are my fave... but I don't get planking. also, was this an intentiional pun" Now that is what you call deep market penetration." ???

up and shared


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Debby Bruck,

You said it. Humans are renowned for their ability to imitate. Humans start trends. And marketers follow them.

It's the oldest one in the book.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Hi Michael ~ I guess I will have to do more research on this meme planking. Doing it just because others do it. What a copy-cat world?! Debby


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi Debbie,

The easiest way to describe planking is that it is a meme. A trend copied by others for no apparent meaningful reason.

Other than it is copyable!

The people doing the copying however, may not be aware of this aspect of planking?

Hope that clarifies it:)


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello PWalker281,

mooboomoo? that's a new one on me.

I'll check it out.

We have a very distinguished TV news reporter planking. And somehow it is very disconcerting to see this chap doing this? Very odd!


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Michael - I love Flash Mobs and voted up on that and this hub. I have never heard of planking until now. Fascinating. How did it come about? Is it a statement of sorts? An exercise? All the best, Debby


PWalker281 4 years ago

No problem, MM. Yes, that Black Eyed Peas one is amazing!

And yeah, I just don't get planking, but mooboomoo, from your neck of the woods, did a hub on planking that includes a really cool video of a theater company planking.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hi there PWalker281,

Just spotted someone planking on a TV advert. Not as much fun as flash-mobs though lol

It is amazing how they all stay in synch? Black eyed peas is the best video.

Sorry about the delay in replying. I must have missed it somehow.


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molometer 4 years ago Author

Hello Lord,

The black eyed peas flash mob was brilliant, Oprah wasn't expecting that at all.

I think really the flash mob shelf life has a long way to go and it will be around until the next big thing. Have you seen planking? it's bizarre.?

The circus gang sure does know her thing lol


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Seen the Black Eyed Peas 'I've got a feeling' with Oprah and the experience is beyond explanation. Great article. Love the Beyonce dancers, 'I'm a single lady!'

Thanks for the share my friend.

LORD

P.S. The read head to the left on the picadilly 'Circus gang' knows her thing!


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molometer 5 years ago Author

I must admit, I do love them too. Beyonce is a goddess let's face it.

I think the best one is with the Black eyed Peas on Oprah. Now that was magical. Couldn't use it here for copyright reasons but it is the best I have seen. It just looks so natural.


PWalker281 5 years ago

Okay, I have to say I am a sucker for a flash mob, and the bigger, the better as long as everyone's in sync, like a murmuration of swallows (seen that video?). I really liked those Beyonce dancers and the Eurovision flash mob. Planking on the other hand leaves me scratching my head. WTF? indeed! Another great hub rated up and interesting.


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molometer 5 years ago Author

Hi phdast7,

I'm sure you are right and it will be an art-form that will be around for quite some time. It is novel idea I guess.

Thanks for the comment.


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molometer 5 years ago Author

Hi NatalieMK so glad you liked the videos.

They are amazing I agree, just got to get my head around "planking" and "batmanning".

These trends are strong, fast and longer lived than I thought.

Thanks for dropping in and leaving such an interesting comment.


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molometer 5 years ago Author

Thanks htodd your visit is much appreciated.


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Great post..Thanks


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molometer 5 years ago Author

I do hope so, they are such great fun to watch.

That's my point I have just discovered them and they appear to be waning already.

I agree people do like collective singing and dancing.

Before TV etc this was the way we entertained each other for centuries and no doubt will continue too.

Glad you liked it. It is joyous isn't it.


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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I somehow think Flash Mobs will be around for awhile. There is a yearning in a lot of people for "collective" singing and dancing...its a soul/spirit sort of thing.


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molometer 5 years ago Author

Hi Nataliemk, can you believe it, just when I thought I had got my head around Planking it's out of date already.

So Batmanning is the new planking or are they mutually exclusive.

I suppose it's possible to enjoy both, you know. A bit of planking in the week and a bit of batmanning for the weekends and the odd flashmob on bank holidays? lol

Thanks for the comment see you soon.


Nataliemk 5 years ago

The latest craze is actually "batmaning" hanging upside down by your feet.


umquada kickbooty 5 years ago

What a funny site. I must come again to see this funny story.


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molometer 5 years ago Author

Hello Linda, glad you enjoyed this hub.

It is very popular maybe Flash mobs are not finished just yet hey?

Thanks for coming over and leaving a comment.


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molometer 5 years ago Author

Hello Linda, glad you enjoyed this hub.

It is very popular maybe Flash mobs are not finished just yet hey?

Thanks for coming over and leaving a comment.


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molometer 5 years ago Author

Thanks Alastar that means a lot to me.

Coming from one of my favorite writers here in the hubiverse. That is high praise indeed.

Cheers buddy


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

You made an A-class number one Hub ole boy. Wicked good!


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molometer 5 years ago Author

Hi Always, isn't it the truth.

I thought wow this is interesting, then we find out it's old already. That's the internet age.

Happy planking can't wait to see some more hubbers trying that one out lol.

Thanks for the visit.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Interesting topic. By the time i learn about a new something, it's gone and replaced by , you guessed it, something new....Cheers


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molometer 5 years ago Author

Thanks for all the great comments everyone. This hub has had the most hits I have ever had? What did I do? lol


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molometer 5 years ago Author

hello jenubouka lol please don't you might scare the wildlife.

They said Hip Hop I, heard Hip Op! lol

Trends hey what can you do?

Glad you popped in. Thanks


jenubouka 5 years ago

By the time I feel hip on the new craze's they have long past, so then I am that guy who thinks the flash mob is a new way to streak with your fellow neighbors.


Linda 5 years ago

Enjoyed your hub, very funny video's.


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molometer 5 years ago Author

Hello fpherj48,

So glad you liked the hub. I had fun making it. It's such a funny topic.

Thank you for the wonderful compliment and thank you for coming over.

Watch out for Planking, It is bizarre and getting very popular.


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molometer 5 years ago Author

Hello Alastar,

My pleasure to shine my "flash light" into you man-cave regarding flash mobs, before they are consigned to the waste basket of the internet lol

They are funny and amazing but overuse leads to the attitude of:- huh! not another flash mob.

I am just about to go into hibernation myself now that winter is creepy across the lawn.

"To the man-cave"

Must practice my Planking for the spring, if it's still around by then?

Thanks for coming over Alastar much appreciated.


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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

WONDERFUL!!! Loved the Dance Video!! Quite simply...YOU DO GREAT WORK!!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Awesome Hub molometer. Now, WTF! I must come out of the man-cave and get up-to-date on the bigger world once in a while. I've never heard of Flash Mobs or Planking but thanks to you am enlightened now. Couldn't take my eyes off the amazon dancer closest to the vid camera either. Thanks for this most interesting hub molometer!

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