Each individual reduces danger to itself by moving to the center of the group. The herd appears as a unit, but its function emerges from the uncoordinated behavior of self-serving individuals.
We copy others out of safety, thinking that it's better to conform rather than be ostracized. So like lemmings, we do whatever else is doing, including following the same people as everyone else.
But the center of normality, the standard, is flattening. There's no longer one size fits all. The internet leveled the playing field for all niche creators and interests while perpetuating the mass.
So while Beyonce trends across the world after dropping a new track, the bedroom musician who makes ambient music strikes a chord for his or her 1,000 devoted fans.
A purple cow is too interesting to ignore. So were Darwin's finches which thrived on their own uniqueness.
The rest of us can continue to jump through hoops. But then who's in charge?