Stupid mobs in Philadelphia
March 25th, 2010


“Mobs Are Born as Word Grows by Text Message” is a New York Times headline today — suggesting the cause of teenage brawls in Philadelphia streets is kids’ mobiles. The article explains in detail what has been happening, and is worth the read for smart mobby followers. My own take is that the texting is a means to stupid behavior — not the cause. For example, what sort of good would kids be up to without mobiles under circumstances like these as described in the article?:

City residents are also starting to complain about the number of unsupervised children, and child advocates are asking if there are enough activities to keep young people busy after school.

“We definitely need more jobs for kids, we need more summer jobs for kids, we need more after-school programming, and we need more parent support,” said Shelly Yanoff, executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, a children’s advocacy group in Philadelphia.

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