The big media story is the brandname institution which is collapsing. The includes the Nixon Administration, the Trump Empire, and now the Roman Catholic Church (RCC).
The tipping point has been Archbishop Carlo Vigano's contention that Pope Francis knew of the sexual abuse issues surrounding Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and did nothing.
These dog days of August have been pumped full of breaking news uppers. And, few in media are leaving their workstations. At any time, the Vatican could announce that Francis is stepping down. For a while now the RCC scandal has been the gift that keeps giving.
Soon enough there will a replacement who supposedly will be healer. But likely neither the media nor the public will buy that.
Donations to the RCC are already drying up. Without funding, that's the end.
All those RRC buildings such as schools can be converted into nursing homes or WeWork space.
Now and then a member of the media who majored in history in college will reflect on the wealth, influence, and power RCC once had.
But essentially the media will move on to the next gift that keeps giving.
It could be decline of blind faith in higher education.
Already, Google, Apple, and IBM no longer require a college degree to applying for jobs.
In addition, the lawsuit "Reitman v. Ronell/N.Y.U." is raising major questions about the nature and abuse of power in the university system in the U.S.
Student loan debt is putting a chokehold on GDP growth. Those saddled with it can't buy the houses, nice cars, and good vacations.
It's no longer unthinkable that law schools will be replaced by the return of the apprentice system of training to become a lawyer. In itself, that might improve the quality of lawyering.
Meanwhile those sex abuse exposes at upscale prep schools are providing sturdy platforms from which to analyze what education has become in the U.S. Has way too much value been put on it? And has it imposed mindset categories that are limiting?
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