Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Display:
There's a critical speed at which events take place that are unique to those events.

For instance with real flocking - birds, say - there is a narrow range of speeds at which a flock can move as a self-organized aggregation. It is partly dependent on the physical abilities of the individuals/species, but also dependent on the speed of interaction as individuals visually adjust their position relative to the flock - in order to remain part of the flock.

Up until the widespread use of mobile phones, the speed at which people with a grievance against say, government, could organize themselves into a 'flock' was slow enough that 'authorities' could discover the organization and timing of the process, and take measures to protect themselves.

After group SMS, a 'flock' could organize very rapidly. Not by mass messaging, but by the principle that if you text 10 people within 2 minutes, and each of those 10 people text another 10, then a lot of people will know about it within 30 minutes. So may the authorities  find out (there is always leakage), but it will be too short a time for them to react.

This is the connecting up of local 'cells' -a cell being friends, family, colleagues, neighbours etc. A 'bird' maybe ;-)

And yes, one cell may initiate the messaging, but it might be any cell - group 'sense' is in operation. The bird that spots the corn on the ground and turns to fly toward it, is a momentary leader among a flock of potential leaders.

Your 'patterns of reality' are seen here.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Jan 6th, 2010 at 08:47:13 AM EST
[ Parent ]
google Howard Rheingold Flash Mobs.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Wed Jan 6th, 2010 at 12:44:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Jep, I know a practitioner of the flash mob / carrot mob esoterica - a former dot.com whizzkid who surfed the wave successfully and walked away with the elusive spondulex before it crashed on the shore. I was grilling him on the subject at a conference in the autumn.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Jan 6th, 2010 at 01:03:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Interesting. Thanks to you and Sven.
Sven, got a link?

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.
by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Wed Jan 6th, 2010 at 11:24:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Carrotmobs

"How organized consumer purchasing can change business"

In contrast to stickmobs, who organize to withdraw purchase of particular products of particular corporations. An updated boycott using www to assemble enough signatories to make a real dent in sales within a short period, and perhaps in only one locality.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jan 7th, 2010 at 05:20:13 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Watched the movie.
Whoa! What a great idea!
A family joke is the airhead Parisienne cruising the sidewalk with cellphone stuck to her hear, utterly oblivious to everything else-

As always, there's more to it.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Fri Jan 8th, 2010 at 03:32:58 AM EST
[ Parent ]
...Parisienne cruising the sidewalk with cellphone stuck to her hear

LOL

Whether intentional or a typo that is a marvelous bit of word play.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Jan 8th, 2010 at 02:29:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"Whether intentional or a typ"

I'll never tell.
Take the money and run.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Tue Jan 12th, 2010 at 02:39:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Display:

Occasional Series