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Violence Is ‘Performance Art’ Gone Awry

Meanwhile, our media guardians are describing real life violence as some new fun stunt.

From the ever politically correct New York Times:

Mobs Are Born as Word Grows by Text Message

By IAN URBINA

March 24, 2010

PHILADELPHIA — It started innocently enough seven years ago as an act of performance art where people linked through social-networking Web sites and text messaging suddenly gathered on the streets for impromptu pillow fights in New York, group disco routines in London, and even a huge snowball fight in Washington.

But these so-called flash mobs have taken a more aggressive and raucous turn here as hundreds of teenagers have been converging downtown for a ritual that is part bullying, part running of the bulls: sprinting down the block, the teenagers sometimes pause to brawl with one another, assault pedestrians or vandalize property.

On Wednesday, the police here said that they had had enough. They announced plans to step up enforcement of a curfew already on the books, and to tighten it if there is another incident

Flash mobs are not unique to Philadelphia, but they have been more frequent here than elsewhere. Others that resulted in arrests and injuries have been reported over the past year in Boston, South Orange, N.J., and Brooklyn.

Philadelphia officials added that they had also begun getting help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to monitor social-media networks. And television and radio stations are helping to recruit hip-hop artists to make public service announcements imploring teenagers to end the practice.

In the past year, at least four of the flash mobs have broken out in the city, including one on Saturday in which roving teenagers broke into fights, several onlookers were injured and at least three people were arrested…

The ad hoc gangs have scared many pedestrians off the streets.

City residents are also starting to complain about the number of unsupervised children, and child advocates are asking if there are enough activities to keep young people busy after school.

“We definitely need more jobs for kids, we need more summer jobs for kids, we need more after-school programming, and we need more parent support,” said Shelly Yanoff, executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, a children’s advocacy group in Philadelphia.

Ms. Yanoff added that libraries and after-school programs had been reduced and a program for youth offenders had been cut sharply. On Friday, officials said, two preteenagers assaulted a woman as part of a violent game called “Catch and Wreck,” in which children pick out people who appear homeless and then beat them and take any money they have.

The police, who say these assaults are unrelated to flash mobs, arrested an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl in the attack. The police said they also planned to charge the boy in an attack on a 73-year-old man who was beaten and robbed in the same area on March 13…

Bill Wasik, a senior editor at Harper’s who is credited with introducing the notion of a flash mob in 2003, said he was surprised by the new focus of some of the gatherings.

Mr. Wasik said the mobs started as a kind of playful social experiment meant to encourage spontaneity and big gatherings to temporarily take over commercial and public areas simply to show that they could.

“It’s terrible that these Philly mobs have turned violent,” he said.

Er, seven years ago it was called ‘Wilding.’

And it was just as violent back then.

But do notice how The Times tries to blame it all on the economy and cutting back on recreational programs for the ‘youths.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 25th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Violence Is ‘Performance Art’ Gone Awry”

  1. Right of the People

    “We definitely need more jobs for kids, we need more summer jobs for kids, we need more after-school programming, and we need more parent support,” said Shelly Yanoff, executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, a children’s advocacy group in Philadelphia.”

    What we need is to take away their cellphones, blackberries, iPHONES, etc. If they are so poor that they need assistance, how in the heck do they afford these devices? I’ve noticed that all the welfare bunnies have them.

    My wife and I have never bothered to get one since we hate talking on the phone to begin with and don’t want the added expense for something we might use 2 or 3 times a month.

  2. GL0120

    So, this practice was in existence seven years ago?
    Obviously, this is Bush’s fault!

  3. DW

    Hell, twenty-one years ago it was known as “wilding”. The infamous Central Park Jogger rape started out as the result of a “wilding” -this according to teenaged suspects interviewed at the time.

  4. JohnMG

    …..“We definitely need more jobs for kids, we need more summer jobs for kids, we need more after-school programming, and we need more parent support,” said Shelly Yanoff, executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, a children’s advocacy group in Philadelphia…….”

    My “error on page” air message just appeared after reading this. I believe somebody left a “k” out of Ms. Yanoff’s name.

  5. Mithrandir

    As the template goes with black people: WE NEED MORE MONEY FOR…………..

    No, we need more tent-city jails for black kids, whose parents are too stupid and lazy to take care of them. This just shows how important gun ownership is, especially in big cities!

    Whenever black people do anything wrong, the media automatically strike out their color, immediately start crying and blaming other people, and try to make political hay out of everything. “Well, if we had spent more money on…….this would have never happened!”

    *Do you remember about 3 years ago, a black U.S. military member stationed in Japan beat a Japanese woman to death? Really? Don’t remember? It made international news, but the military must have had orders to cover his skin area taking him in and out of court, because you never saw that he was BLACK. I searched and found an interview of his parents from a LOCAL station—-his parents were black.
    WHY ALL THE SECRECY?

  6. misanthropicus

    Crass, gross and rotten. And liberal activists and elightened scholars come with justifications – looking at the picture, opression comes to my mind. What activities other than fucking around would charm these imbeciles to do other than hang together, rap, do pot and smack and fuck anyone around? Shakespeare workshops? Haiku? Albinoni quartets? Talks about Tycho Brache?
    Wasn’t Huxley describing them in The Brave New World as Deltas (?), the low class of that world, so remarkably resembling today’s America? My – and so well!
    Yeah, I sure get personal in this matter, and this for good reason – a few years ago I was punched and thrown on the ground by a couple of oppressed, 300 pounds teens in Westwood, near UCLA, who probably weren’t comfortable with Jan Popper’s science qualifiers – hey, wildin’s got to get causes!
    Boy! Do I despise liberals and Democrats -

  7. Media_man

    I work in Center City Philly & live in the burbs. Once in a while I think how nice it would be to live downtown but than I’m reminded of the 400 homicides that happen here each year and stories like this and I say “no thanks”. I’ll commute. This place is a powder keg ready to explode. I’d just as soon not live here when it does.




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