In a way, every institution lives in a kind of contradiction: it exists to take advantage of group effort, but some of its resources are drained away by directing that effort. Call this the institutional dilemma—because an institution expends resources to manage resources, there is a gap between what those institutions are capable of in theory and in practice, and the larger the institution, the greater those costs.
Note: how is this related to institutional failure as seen by Dee Hock?
The transition can be described in basic outline as the answer to two questions: Why has group action largely been limited to formal organizations? What is happening now to change that?
Note: this is the core question for fondapol, followed by: and having accepted that change as happening, how can we it to fruition in politics?
Because social effects lag behind technological ones by decades, real revolutions don’t involve an orderly transition from point A to point B. Rather, they go from A through a long period of chaos and only then reach B. In that chaotic period, the old systems get broken long before new ones become stable.
Note: is the current transition to take decades too? probably yes as it is global and far reaching
What technology did do was alter the spread, force, and especially duration of that reaction, by removing two old obstacles— locality of information, and barriers to group reaction.
Note: the duration aspect is also vital compared to traditional media. the web makes it possible for now to last much longer, and archives are dead useful. cool uris...