Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Say Something NIce

I love little public pranks, especially those that are fun and make people feel a little better. We have too many negative public scenes, so why not have some goofy, smiley ones.

Which is why I like what this group called Improv Everywhere did in New York recently. The group bills itself as a "prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places."
A couple of people accept the invite in New York
to say something nice

The group set up a lecturn with a megaphone on it. A sign on the lecturn encouraged people to pick up the megaphone and say something nice. Sure, a few people used it to promote their business or group, or just be stupid. But a lot of people said and did nice things with the megaphone, which was great.

My only worry: Flash mobs started as goofy, fun ad hoc public performance pieces. Now, some of the flash mobs are just groups of people organizing to commit crimes. I hope the inevitable copy cats to the Say Something Nice project don't go to the dark side and start hurling insults, or worse. Meanwhile, enjoy the video, below.

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