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With purpose

The first flash mob with purpose probably won’t be political after all. Rather, it’ll be hordes of people handing out free comics. At the least, it’ll be a noble attempt, although I have an image in my mind of a bunch of people giving comics to each other rather than to random strangers. Also, the organizer is doing a piss-poor job of keeping it secret, which will minimize impact.

Helpful hint to flash mob organizers: the minute you write anything about your mob on a public forum, the media probably knows.


  1. “Flash Mobs are… now being used for nearly any purpose.”

    Sucks, I’ve been waiting days for my “mow the lawn” Flash Mob to show up.

  2. We won’t mow your lawn, but…

    We were hosed by Yahoo! over the weekend and can no longer send or receive email at We are also unable to moderate the bostoncitymob yahoo group and have no access to our Mob mailing list or our preparations for Mob #2. All emails to will receive an error. Sorry for the confusion, we still don’t know what happened, we’ve lost our entire mailing list, and Yahoo! has been most unhelpful. We haven’t checked the sky for black helicopters, but…

    In order to make the best of a bad situation, we are going to send out final instructions electronically this time. Please go to or send an email to in order to sign up for our new mailing list. Best would probably be the email address for a wireless device. Please pass this on to as many people you know as possible.

    Thanks alot,

    Rocky & Bullwinkle

    Start time: Thursday, August 21st, sometime around 7:10 PM.
    Duration: 15 minutes or so.

    (0) Please bring to the event a small plastic or paper bag containing three wrapped candies, and a non-perishable food item.

    (1) At some point during the day on August 21st, synchronize your watch to: (If that site doesn’t work for you, try

    (2) After 6:10 PM please situate yourselves in a location which will allow you to receive email and yet be in the vicinity of the Boston Common by 7:10.

    (3) At 6:10 PM an email will be sent out with the event instructions. The instructions will specify the mob site, and the duration. The instructions should give you all the information you need.

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