America’s Collapsing Meritocracy Is a Recipe for Revolt

19th century Chinese rebel Hong Xiuquan and social media influencer Addison Rae. (Public Domain and Anna Webber/Getty Images for alice + olivia)

FP – JULY 16, 2021, 3:57 PM

TikTok star Addison Rae caused a sensation on social media last week for something other than her dance moves. Rae posted a tweet that included a picture of her holding an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) microphone before a match between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. Her caption read: “I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment.”

The seemingly innocuous tweet received thousands of angry responses, many from students or recent journalism school graduates expressing dismay that Rae had apparently taken one of the scarce jobs in their field. As one Twitter user wrote, “i got a 33 on my ACT and was a national merit semifinalist, spent thousands of dollars and hours of hard work to receive a bachelor’s ..


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