Today we're going on a little educational field trip. No need to pack you flip flops or designer glasses, this is going to be done in one blog entry.
Today, we're gonna learn just what a flashmob is.
Why is that?
Simply because so many want to make 'easy money' making flashmobs, it's not even important anymore what a real flashmob is to them. Ada yang ciplak idea sebijik execution wise, being the uncreative turds they are, and others... well... they just totally miss the mark and end up way senamrobik bersama Perdana Menteri nya konsep.
And no, I am not exaggerating because I have seen some truly horrendous ones. Malaysians jump on the bandwagon too fast, and they don't even bother analyzing something they want to attempt.
Now, Wikipedia defines flashmobs as :
A flash mob (or flashmob) is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.
Flash mobs are organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails.
The term, coined in 2003, is generally not applied to events and performances organized for the purposes of politics (such as protests), commercial advertisement, publicity stunts that involve public relation firms, or paid professionals.
In these cases of a planned purpose for the social activity in question, the term smart mobs is often applied instead.
So there, that's why my company uses the term 'smart mobs'. Flashmobs are just the form we attempt to replicate. Still, I have no problem with people saying what I do are a flashmob. It's like zaman muzik where everything guitar based was considered 'alternative' with the term bastardized to kingdom come. Noawadays, the term 'indie' has been bastardized similarly by the uneducated and the uninformed.
Aku mengeluh ni kenapa?
Simple. Because of idiots running loose thinking they can organize flashmobs which usually are sucky and bad poco-poco attempts, people like me who are known for our mob efforts have to bear the brunt of their stupidity and failures.
People don't see the reach of it due to past failures. People fear it because it all only sounds good but rarely delivers the expected effect. People loathe it because it doesn't have the impact it's supposed to - like ordering something online because of stock images and arrives looking cheap and plasticky.
Hari aku wat flashmob Jumaat ni kat Pavilion, ada dua lagi flashmobs being conducted. Good for the competition part, as I always welcome more flashmob organization. It's a good form of advertising (smart mobs) and making it a more common practice is a good thing.
Tapi bila sumpah nak tiru sebijik-sebijik tu yang tak best dengar. Aku dok diam je bebudak ada bagitau pasal flashmob lain. Biar ler. Lantak pi la... we focus on our job dah.
Tapi dalam nak prepare for this Friday, sakit jiwa lak aku nak layan memacam masalah sebab orang yang aku deal ni ada bad experience ngan inexperienced and unknowledgeable idiots who messed up on so called flashmob organization efforts.
Pfttt!!! Hang nak niaga ke apa ke whatever lah. Tapi ko fuck up, kita semua malu gila wei nak tanggung kebodohan ko. You move on to the next big thing nak perah duit. Those of us doing it for the passion, or the art of the performance have to pick up your damn pieces wei!
Takpe lah... sabar je. Cuma sentap dan sakit hati kena layan doubts from people over flashmobs/smartmobs because of dumbs twits yang unimaginative dan keja ciplak, and even that pun fail to deliver.
Sabar je lah Timah.
Anyways, am crazy loving my team for the smooth delivery of the smart mob preparations, and am extremely excited. Berdebar pun ada. It's been over a year since my last major mob. Ni memang ujian to see if I still got it.
I think I do. We'll see.