An open network such as the internet allows anyone access and the potential to influence public opinion. However, it is the very democratic structure which often undermines the information and clarity that digital media attempt to provide. In such an open system, confusion can result from a sheer overwhelming amount of information or participants. Or, confusion can be introduced intentionally, as we saw in the contradicting videos posted regarding the recent uprisings in Syria. The transparency that the internet offers becomes overwhelming. In the political environments we discussed in Lebanon and Syria, it becomes nearly impossible to understand what is being fabricated or misrepresented and what is "true" as a result of the multiplicity of messages being sent through the channel. All we receive is noise since we can no longer know what information to trust, to suspect. By creating a medium in which anyone can transmit a message, the end result is quite simply that anyone can transmit a message, whether or not it is true. Thus, this a form of communication which idealizes its openness, democratic nature, and potential for transparency also allows for the creation of confusion. As Racière argues, the formal and the actual conception being to diverge.
In an open network there is the constant potential for chaos, whether it be a a political system, a virtual network such as the internet, or even a public space. Our own flash mobs on Monday night create a similar type of confusion in a public space. A flash mob can be seen as an overload of an open system in its own right. By transforming a public space with a large gathering such as a flash mob, you introduce chaos into the system. The unexplainable nature of flash mobs, like lulz which motivate the mass actions of anonymous online communities such as 4chan, jam the traditional channels of understanding. It becomes difficult for onlookers to find an explanation for a flash mob, and importantly, as one of our mobs showed, separate a political demonstration from entertainment. While any public gathering of people seems to be inherently political to observers, the flash mob plays with that perception and as a result confuses the public space, even accidentally. Thus we sometimes find that it is hard for us to figure out not only what is true versus what is fabricated but also what is political and what is merely for fun.