I didn't make up the phrase "suicide of the social sciences." Professor Elizabeth Sundin, professor in business administration and management at Linkoping University, Sweden, did -- and she's absolutely right.
Take a look at this article about the sad state of academia that was sent to be me by Thalia, aka California Dreamer. It's a summary of a recent conference of nerds in Brussels to discuss the mess that is higher education -- especially in Europe (though, of course, it's a big mess here in the States too).
One point that struck me especially -- the constant search for novelty in research. It makes professional nerds look like a bunch of trend-seeking, fad-obsessed adolescents with no attention spans. Notice too the almost total lack of emphasis placed on good teaching.
Bonus: the article actually uses the words "academic narcissism" to lambast the current self-inflicted bonfire of the humanities.