Today we often use the word “crowd” to describe groups of people in cyberspace (e.g., crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, and so on). But when electronic communication brings people together in real life, the physical crowd follows different patterns than online crowds do. Drawing on examples that include the London riots, Occupy Wall Street, the TED conferences, and his own experience with flash mobs, Bill Wasik sketches out how digital media have changed the way we get together today.
Filmed live at the Event Innovation Forum, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in NYC.
- Understand how technologies that may seem to undermine live events, are paradoxically increasing the need for in-person gatherings.
- Learn the dynamics that drive the formation of flash mobs and similar social gatherings.
- Identify the principles that connected crowds have in common.
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