notes on collective action

I am currently reading Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody to potentially use for a paper I need to write (on (art) experts in the digital age). I came across this, and thought more about the Occupy Wall Street movement than my paper:

Collective action, the third rung, is the hardest kind of group effort, as it requires a group of people to commit themselves to undertaking a particular effort together, and to do so in a way that makes the decisions of the group binding on the individual members. All group structures create dilemmas, but these dilemmas are hardest when it comes to collective action, because the cohesion of the group becomes critical to its success. Information sharing produces shared awareness, shared creation, but collective action creates shared responsibility, by tying the user’s identity to the identity of the group.

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