In the good old days, winners were winners and losers were losers. Now there aren't any winners OR losers—just "participants!" Everyone gets a trophy now, even though my son Jimmy was CLEARLY the best batter in his T-ball league! The polar opposite of Tall Poppy Syndrome—instead of scorning the winners in a competition, the feelings of the losers...er, runners-up are assuaged by giving everyone an equal award, usually a small trophy or a participation ribbon. This attitude came around in the 90s out of a desire to boost kids' self-esteem and make them feel as if their achievements were admirable. While teaching kids to hold value in their achievements no matter what their rank is a good goal, it has since reached Political Correctness Gone Mad-type levels and has since experienced a severe backlash from parents who want their high-achieving kids to be separated from lower-achieving ones. Mister Rogers and his "everyone is special" mantra has often been cited as a catalyst of the Everyone Gets A Trophy attitude coming into existence. Very, VERY frequently Truth in Television. (can't think of any fictional examples at the moment, can someone help me out? They have to exist...)
Hello, Unknown Troper. You'll need to get known to lend a hand here.