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The internet affords all users a voice and the ability to share content on a specific network—but can this apparent inclusivity of virtual spaces be translated into democratized physical spaces? Location-based smartphone apps like Foursquare, Grindr, and SCVNGR add a virtual layer to physical space, allowing users to interact online through experiences in physical places, or perhaps rather to interact in person with the help of technology as a sort of social lubricant. At the intersection of virtual and physical space, the idea of the internet user as a flâneur, an observer journeying through virtual space, is irrelevant because the user becomes an active participant within the tiered realities of the modern city— constantly ‘checking in’ and interacting with other users virtually and perhaps also physically. In this virtual-physical space the superficial power dynamics of the internet are sought after. In a flash mob, all participants are reduced to the same level; they are a faceless online network materialized in a physical space. Though they spawn on the internet, a supposed all-inclusive virtual space, the exclusivity of flash mobs contributes to much of their allure and the perception of community felt by participants. Flash mobs’ effects on public places expose the transformative influence that virtual spaces can have on physical places. Every summer a secret flash mob dinner called the Dîner en Blanc takes place in Paris. Thousands of Parisians ‘covertly’ take to a public space, wielding their own tables and have a glorified French picnic. In the nature of the flash mob, immediately after dessert the sea of people dissipates, leaving the square just as it had been at the beginning of the evening. Flash mobs also reveal users’ perceptions of anonymity on the internet. For example, the corrupted variant of the flash mob, the ‘flash rob’ (or ‘smash mob’) builds off the idea of flash mobs and mobilization through social media while combining traditional mob mentality with the sense of perceived anonymity often associated with the internet. In one flash rob 300 teenagers stormed a Wal-Mart, stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. Dozens of the participants uploaded videos of their collaborators smiling for the camera to YouTube, unaware that the police would you the videos to prosecute. The increasingly common convergence of the physical and the virtual challenges the rigidity of the social codes associated with each variety of space and interaction.