a nice and interesting post on space and culture about examining the importance of the crowd in the modern era:
The site includes introductions to historical crowd theorists like Canetti, Kracauer, Park and Tarde, as well as historical quotations about multitudes and flows, isolation and rejoicing. Particularly fascinating for word geeks is the semantic history section, which looks at the etymology of ‘mob’, ‘multitude’ and ‘crowd’, as well as the “abysses of meaning” in the Chinese word for crowd: ‘zhong’. Small thematic exhibits include the underground palaces of the Moscow Metro, images of contagion, accounts of agoraphobia and state-organised mass formations – which reminds me of the amazing Bodies in Formation.
The post on space and culture mentiones a link to Bodies in Formation shows a documentary online exhibition of conditions of authoritarian eastern regimes, which once had started on the foundation of revolutionary ideas.