Monday, October 22, 2012

Planning a Flash Mob? Just Don't Call It That.

Once again, we in Dubai are subjected to a "flash mob" (this time, a Gangnam Style dance) that is costumed and professionally choreographed to the last shoelace and shimmy. They did not even bother creating the semblance of a flash mob - the throngs that normally mill about the Dubai Mall were cleared from the runway atrium in advance, in order to let the dancers take up planned starting positions.

Fine, maybe there's not so much freedom of assembly here, and you have to get permission for this and that, but call it a "public dance" or something, instead of appropriating and diluting a term like "flash mob" just because it's trendy. The same goes for the term "open mic" being used to describe events with pre-approved scripts and pre-selected lineups.

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