Flash Mob Creator Comes To Big Think
Harper's senior editor Bill Wasik comes to Big Think tomorrow to discuss viral narratives, social media and his new book, And Then There's This.
In addition to a career in the magazine world, Wasik is infamous for his invention of the flash mob, one of social media's most effective offline iterations.
Akin to earthworms spontaneously generating from puddles after a rainstorm, flash mobs unite up to several hundred people in public spaces for publicity-style stunts like pillow fights and silent discos.
If you are unclear, post your questions for Mr. Wasik here.
A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.
- Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
- The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
- The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
The definition of a kilogram will now be fixed to Planck's constant, a fundamental part of quantum physics.
- The new definition of a kilogram is based on a physical constant in quantum physics.
- Unlike the current definition of a kilogram, this measurement will never change.
- Scientists also voted to update the definitions of several other measurements in physics.
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