The accidental origin of Flash Mobs

flashmob postcard
A SINGULAR ACT OF FEMALE REBELLION IN VAN DIEMEN’S LAND (1844)

Anyone doing research on Flash Mobs might have to take note of this…

If you look at the Wikipedia entry for Flash Mob, there seems to be a big question mark as to how this interesting term originated. The entry states the first flash mob was organized in Manhattan in May 2003, by Bill Wasik, senior editor of Harper’s Magazine. A later entry dated its origins back in 1973, where the story Flash Crowd by Larry Niven described a concept vaguely similar to flash mobs.

Now through an accidental discovery while clearing old paperwork, my fellow doctoral schoolmate Derek Lackaff came across the above postcard he picked up in Tasmania. As you can see, I’d agree with him that these women definitely have a stronger claim to the term than today’s hipsters.

Read his post for the full story…

Aside: There’s another Flash Mob which might appeal to some of us… the thinking kiasu kind.

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