How media shaped Philly's flash mobs and in turn, teen rules

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WHYY’s "NewsWorks"

Philadelphia made national news because of violent flash mobs,. At least that what's the media called the phenomenon of large groups of young people coming together in the city through social media, with things sometimes getting out of hand. "In a sense, the media was doing its job, but in the process of course it heightens interest,” said Frank Farley, a psychology professor at Temple. Jan Fernback, media studies professor at Temple, believes that the coverage was flawed. "There was fear mongering surrounding the notion of violent teens, frightened citizens, fear of what would happen to tourism in city, and untold negative possibilities surrounding the development of these new social media technologies," said Fernback.