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Humanitarian Crisis
era group score: 20018
total group score: 66546
total players: 103

Tasks / A New Type Of Mob

Pantsless subway rides have lost their Situationist appeal, having been subsumed into the larger fabric of culture. Create a new flash mob, doing something that has never been done before.

10 to 999 players
45 points
Level 3
In the zone of: Humanitarian Crisis
Created by LSK

Terms: flashmob, networking, social, performing, nonplayers, collaboration, mob

0 completed :: 5 in progress
Interested in collaborating on this: (no one yet!)


YES! +2
posted by Sean Mahan on January 12th, 2011 3:11 PM

As for the progressive sociologists, once they had finished shaking their heads sadly over the discovery that the value of the art object had become nothing but its market price, and that the artists were working according to the norms of profitability, they decided that we should return to the source of art, to everyday life--not in order to change it, of course, for such is not their function, but rather to make it the raw material for a new aesthetic which would defy packaging techniques and so remain independent of buying and selling. As though there were no such thing as consuming on the spot! The result? Sociodramas and happenings which supposedly provoke spontaneous participation on the part of the spectators. The only thing the spectators participate in, though, is an aesthetic of nothingness. The only thing that can be expressed in the mode of the spectacle is the emptiness of everyday life. And indeed, what better commodity than an aesthetic of emptiness? The accelerating decomposition of values has itself become the only available form of entertainment. The trick is that the spectators of the cultural and ideological vacuum are here enlisted as its organizers. The spectacle's inanity is made up for by forcing its spectators --passive agents par excellence--to participate in it.
- Raoul Vaneigem, our era's patron thinker, in 1967

First off, I'm sorry this is such a long quote. Second, I think it's hard to believe that he wasn't actually talking about flash mobs. Third, I hope that completions of this task will be compatible with the notion that THE HUMAN ADVENTURE IS ONLY BEGINNING!

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posted by relet 裁判長 on January 12th, 2011 4:24 PM

Join my decentral, asynchronous, anarchic flash mob.

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posted by Selahsaurus on January 17th, 2011 8:15 PM

If anyone has any ideas, let me know, and I will do my part here as (probably) the only player in Denver.

Have I mentioned how sad my life has become?

You are not entirely alone
posted by Ombwah on January 18th, 2011 9:40 PM

There are at least 4 adult(ish) player just a half hour north of Denver: here. So, panic not!

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posted by Professor Møbius on January 28th, 2011 12:36 AM

Miss Selah, my dearest, I emplore you, form the Adherents of the Repeating Meme - Mountain Edition. Gather players. Make them strong, make them solid. So that we together may crush PDX and OWO.

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posted by Great President Dad on June 12th, 2011 8:28 PM

I am not qualified, but if anything related to this is happening in Minneapolis, please let me know!