SurvivalBlog readers should take the time to read through a fairly lengthy piece about flash mobs that was recently published in Wired magazine. I note several threats, including: Random "bombings" of activity. Organized criminal events. Organized social events that get out of hand. Police over-reaction. Civil rights over-reaction.
It would be a good idea for all teenagers to be aware that even a legitimate, law-abiding gathering can be turned into a riot by a few troublemakers and a measured police response. If the crowd looks too large, or questionable, then leave early. If you have to ask if it's safe to remain, then it probably isn't.
I wonder how my friend Larry Niven feels about having predicted the flash mob trend. - SurvivalBlog Editor At Large Michael Z. Williamson