You know I can only speak from my view on the ground here in Orlando where we had a very small Occupy movement. I was for about the first 12 hours very very excited.
I then went and found the Facebook page for the local protesters here. Instead of this page giving important status updates on news and info you would need to have a protest of this sort, they simply spammed me with tons of photo memes. When I pointed out that this is not what the page should be used for I was then banned from making comments, yeah that's right they were banning people who were trying to make productive comments.
So after my fist initial horrible run in online. I started getting more hands on and involved in person.
What I found was the issues present in the online forums and promotion were all present in person on the ground.
From what I saw in my little microcosm here is I'm pretty sure representative of what was happening in the large cities.
No organization. It was like herding cats.
No clear mission or goal. There was somewhat of a common ideology, but no one was there for the same reason. Tons of good intentioned people were there pushing there own very noble agendas, that really had very little to do with what occupy was about. Ours was over run by a feminist group, great cause, I'm all for it, but because they were the loudest and got the most attention and had the most bodies suddenly were primarily a feminist crusade.
Another big problem. Thugs, no other way to put it, and a ton of people want to sweep this one under the rug, or claim they were police plants, or it was all exaggerated by the police and the press. There were tons of bullyish criminal thugs who latched on put on, Guy Fawkes masks, and just cause chaos. Woohoo lets smoke some pot in the park!!!!
Then it became this silly crazy game of lets try to out lawyer the lawyers. If they say our tents are permanent non-mobile structures therefore not allowed in the park let's put wheels on everything and try to find tricky loopholes to the BS reasons they are giving us. The movement had once again morphed into something else, now it's lets play a game of tricking them into letting us stay in the park.
When they finally did come in and sweep the park only 2-3 people stood ground and got arrested.
So when the eventual eventually happened and the cops came and broke things up people scattered because there never really was a core tying it all together. Everyone had there own agendas and everyone just simply went back to wherever they were doing that before the whole thing started.