: Two choices:
(1) Declare flashmobs tired and retired. It was cute for a day. But they are pointless and irritating: just a bunch of rich and wired kids with nothing better to do showing off that they are rich and wired and can afford to waste their time.
(2) Organize a flashmob to actually do something useful: Hey, kids, let’s all meet in Central Park at 7:08 and each of us pick up a piece of litter? Or why don’t we all meet in downtown Manhattan and give the still-struggling merchants down there a little business? Or let’s all show up on the FCC’s doorstep and tell them that we want more wireless innovation now. (Special French edition: Let’s all show up at an old folks’ home, make sure they’re not dying of the heat, and bring them a cold Evian.)