At the beginning of each semester when I was in college, it was typical for the professor to suggest an icebreaker exercise on the first day of class so as to allow us to get to know our classmates better. In one instance, we were tasked with identifying a "pet peeve." Not having a particular answer in mind, I mentioned, truthfully, that the term "pet peeve" itself had always rubbed me the wrong way. For whatever reason, this elicited a series of chuckles. But here I am, several years later, now invoking that very phrase to draw attention to three news media practices I have recently taken note of (even though each has been surely practiced before) and believe ought to be discontinued.
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