We like to make the hive personal. We insert brainy, individual commanders into alien insect armies, undercutting their frightening and inhuman anonymity. We watch cartoons starring neurotic misfit ants rebelling against the oppressive norms of an ant hill. We inflate our sense of individuality when we move to big cities.
While we undermine the hive in stories, we build ever-better versions of it in reality. As our neighborhoods grow denser, public conversations move to social media, and blockchain decentralizes authority, we move closer to discovering whether the personal hive is really a contradiction in term.
Welcome to “The Hive.”
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