19 Things That Were Once Held in High Regard But is Now a Total Joke

Times change, and so does our perception of things. Someone recently asked an online forum, “What is something that was once highly respected but is now a complete joke?” Keep reading for the top 19 answers. 

Privacy

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I know you’re allowed to film pretty much everything, everywhere, all the time, but do y’all really need to?”

“I see more and more people walking around with body cams.”

Working in a school

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Soon-to-be former teacher, and this one absolutely rings true in my experience. I will have only been in it for three years, and I have no idea how anyone in their right mind would make a career out of it considering the current state of education.”

“My mom spent forty years teaching elementary school. She said if her first five years had been like her last five, she never would have stayed in the field.”

Ubisoft and Blizzard

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EA, too, but you have to go a lot further back to find when they were respected.”

“E. A. Sports. It’s in the game.”

Netflix

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Supposed to end the high-cost cable, now it’s essentially just a channel you subscribe to.”

“That was inevitable. What wasn’t inevitable was canceling every show before it even had a chance.”

Making $20 an hour

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I remember thinking when I was younger, ‘I’d be happy if I made 40k a year.’ I make a lot more than that and am only just getting by.”

“I’m single with no family, and I need like 55k to feel comfortable.”

Journalism

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There’s a reason we call it ‘The Media’ and not ‘The News’. The goal is no longer to inform but to entertain.”

“It really is difficult to find a solution to the lack of real journalism. We got here because people would rather be entertained or enraged than informed.”

The Academy Awards

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I used to stay up late to watch the end and was so invested in the outcome! For the past few years, I haven’t seen a single one of the nominated movies and feel so ‘meh’ about the whole thing.”

“I think the Academy Awards and the Grammies are in the same boat. People have woken up to the fact that the awards are rigged, and who wants to watch that? It’s a shame, really.”

Being the President of the United States

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I’ll add being a Supreme Court Judge.”

“I think this also extends to public office in general.”

Lance Armstrong

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“He still came out very well. If he didn’t try and make that last comeback, then he would have gone down as a legend without anyone really proving he was cheating.”

“If he had admitted to the use of steroids after the first accusation, I think people would have been a lot more forgiving.”

Kevin Spacey

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He is a great actor, singer, and impressionist. I don’t think he has ever been found guilty of anything he’s been accused of.”

“I really hope he didn’t do any of that stuff. He’s one of my favorite actors, but if he did do it, then I hope justice is served.”

Treating people how you want to be treated

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People are too comfortable disrespecting you without any consequences.”

“People are always doing this, and now it’s getting recorded for the whole world to see.”

Facts

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Facts like the Earth is round, and birds are real and not government drones just seem to fall by the wayside. If someone says something untrue, you cite facts and studies to refute them, and the answer is invariably, ‘I don’t believe it. Fake news.’”

“Sadly, intelligence overall is not as revered or respected as it used to be. People just google stuff and don’t care about each other’s opinions or knowledge.”

Going above and beyond in work

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Elon Musk loyalists learned that the hard way.”

“Unless you work in sales or any job on commission…”

The Grammys

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Always a joke and never respected.”

“Remember when there was more than one genre of music?”

Hats

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Especially fedoras.”

“This is a seriously good one.”

Will Smith

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KEEP WILL’S NAME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH!”

“It’s amazing how one slap can destroy your reputation.”

Being a lawyer

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The fact people’s freedom and justice are directly related with how much you can afford probably doesn’t help.”

“I second this. Source: I just took the bar exam in my jurisdiction. Even prospective lawyers were making lawyer jokes.”

The Royal Family

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The Royal family hasn’t been respected in decades. The Queen was respected, but not the rest.”

“Here in Denmark, the royal family is supported by 75% to 80%, depending a bit on the definition and when asked. Their popularity has pretty much only grown since the 1920’s.”

Degrees

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After No Child Left Behind, a college degree is as good as a 70’s high school diploma unless you major in something really hard.”

“I did major in something really hard (12% stuck to the major), and I would like to dispel the notion that it helps at all. It doesn’t.”

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