17 Things That Used to Be Highly Respected But Isn’t Anymore

Many things in the world used to be well-respected before turning into complete jokes for various reasons. An internet survey recently asked people, “What is something that was once highly respected but is now a complete joke?” Here are the top 20 answers:

Working in a School

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“I have no idea how anyone in their right mind would make a career out of it considering the current state of education.”

“I really love teaching, and I’m good at it. But I looked at the salary of a high school math teacher and knew I could never raise a family on that money.”

Facebook

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“It was regarded as a revolution in the social media world, but when the founder buys small social media sites he thinks might be a competition for him and then ruins them, it is obvious that his image and his brand’s image are ruined.”

“Zuckerberg is his own worst enemy for Facebook. It’s a shame because the platform could be so much nicer and useful with better leadership.”

People’s Privacy

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“Spy networks, private investigators, industrial espionage, blackmail, all kinds of privacy violations — they always existed, but only to use on people who had something important or expensive to hide. Modern technology means that spying on someone costs pennies, so even if they have almost nothing of value – well, might as well hoover it up.”

“Technology has made it easier to invade privacy more efficiently.”

Netflix

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

“That is every single studio that thinks they can have their own paid service after fighting tooth and nail against it for two decades. Netflix proved streaming works, and now everyone wants Netflix’s pie.”

Making 20 Dollars 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 much more than that and am only just getting by.”

“No matter how much money I make, it never seems like enough.”

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

The Academy Awards

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“For the past few years, I haven’t seen a single one of the nominated movies and feel so “meh” about the whole thing.”

“People have woken up to the fact that the awards are rigged, and who wants to watch that? It’s a shame, really. Add to that it’s a private party for celebrities that we are not invited to – boring.”

Being US President

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“Growing up, I thought it was great that any American could aspire to be the POTUS. After Trump, I thought, “Oh no, they’ll let anyone become president.”

“I think this also extends to public office in general. Does anyone like politicians these days? Hollywood for ugly people.”

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 invariable, “I don’t believe it. Fake news.””

“You can’t reason someone out of a position they didn’t reason themselves into.”

Lawyers

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

“Don’t think lawyers were ever respected. Maybe feared cause they will sue you but not really respected. At least not in modern times.”

Theranos (Elizabeth Holmes)

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“She embodied the “get rich fast” American Dream v 2.0. And obviously, it was a con.”

“Anybody who passed high school biology should have had questions about what she claimed to be able to do. It quickly became an obvious con when she couldn’t back it up.”

The Royal Family

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“The concept of it actually seems to become less respected in many countries over time, which is no wonder, especially because scandals cannot be covered up nowadays, and many people realize that the nobles do not represent a higher ideal but are just as flawed as the rest of the world only with a bit more jewels and palaces.”

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

Drunk Driving

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“In the 80s, it was like “you got home when you were that sloshed, legend” whereas now we recognize that drunk driving is bad.”

“Those plastic red Solo cups? They were called “go cups” because you’d pour your drink in them before you got in the car.”

Elon Musk

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“Man had a great reputation for being a real-life Tony Stark. Then he started unraveling it all with the cave diver incident and the Twitter takeover.”

“I still believe he is one of the most important people of our lifetime, but it is a shame that he turned out to also be such a rude, bad person.”

Ubisoft

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“By cashing in their reputation, they can live the low-cost and high profits dream until their reputation finally dries up.”

“How they could take something as cool as Assassin’s Creed and systematically break anything about it that was unique or fun or interesting is a crime. The games have been garbage since Origins (or whenever the combat and the free-running system completely changed).”

University Degree

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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.”

“A dime a dozen degrees, a glut of colleges, and government loans ruined the prestige of advanced degrees.”

NBA Defenses

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“NBA defense is fine; the problem is offenses are just too efficient, and the rules greatly favor the offense.”

“It used to be a treat when games would go over 100. Nowadays, it’s rare that a game isn’t over 110.” 

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