What is something that used to be highly respected, but is now a joke?

What is something that used to be highly respected, but is now a joke?

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  1. Rudy Giuliani is a former TIME Person of the Year, everybody loved him after 9/11, he had two terms as a moderate Republican mayor of a democratic city, he was self-deprecating and good with press, and made numerous appearances on Saturday Night Live.

    These days he’s completely out of his fucking mind!

  2. The journalistic profession. The role journalism plays in society is INCREDIBLY valuable and essential. However, between outright falsification, and descents into bias, and conflict of interest, there’s just no way to trust what you hear or read from any journalist, without verifying it specifically. Maybe that’s a good thing though. Furthermore (although this varies with the individual), the mistakes, missteps, misuse of tense, misuse of turns of phrase or sayings, and generally poor use of English, make me cringe at a profession which is supposed to use language professionally. We need competence in this profession badly, but they are just not up to the task anymore, IMHO.

  3. Teaching. Once upon a time, at least as a profession, teaching was highly respected. These days however, everyone treats it like it’s a freaking joke. Everyone talks about how much needs to be done to improve education, teacher pay, etc. However what people don’t realize is it isn’t just a matter of raising teacher pay, though that needs to be done as well, it’s a matter of changing the mindset of both parents and students about education to treat teachers like they’re the actual professionals that they are. And if you do so, if you train people to realize that teachers deserve respect like any other professional position does, then you’ll end up with a society of teaching that deserves more respect even then. It’s pitiful what we’ve done to teachers.

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