31 December 2013 7:20 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In preparing to ring in the new year, let’s bid a not-so-fond farewell to seven media trends that remained inordinately prominent – and especially tiresome – during 2013.

Granted, this farewell is, at best, temporary. Media folk are, after all, creatures of habit. Yet while it would be naïve to hope any of these irritants can be retired, it would be lovely to see at least some of them reduced in the year ahead:

Foot-in-the-mouth firings. As it turned out, 2013 was an unusually good year for people saying stupid things on TV – or committing social-media suicide via 140-character outbursts on Twitter. Granted, this should have served notice to those who toil in some form of communications that they should actually think before they speak or tweet, but the rapid-response armies of peasants with pitchforks have a way of turning each of these interludes into its own over-saturated, media-scrum monstrosity.

At the very least, »

- Brian Lowry

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