Word of the Week: hive mind (hahyv mahynd)

 

Definition

(Noun) 1. the property of apparent sentience in a colony of social insects acting as a single organism, each insect performing a specific role for the good of the group.

2. Psychology, Sociology
a. a collective consciousness, analogous to the behavior of social insects, in which a group of people become aware of their commonality and think and act as a community, sharing their knowledge, thoughts, and resources: the global hive mind that has emerged with sites like Twitter and Facebook.

b. such a group mentality characterized by uncritical conformity and loss of a sense of individuality and personal accountability.

In Context

When I searched, I always selected the videos with the most views first. The wisdom of the so-called hive mind would guide me …. Dana Spiotta, “Down the Rabbit Hole of D.I.Y.,” The New Yorker, August 28, 2017