Gilbreth column: Some 'fatherly' advice on online gaming – Charleston Post Courier

Here’s a bit of irony. As I mentioned in a recent column, I’ve been around for awhile and whereas I may not have seen it all, I’ve seen a lot of it. And one might think that with such “experience” one would be generally abreast of trends spanning the generations.

The irony is that experience (i.e. age) and younger generational whims are somewhat mutually exclusive and to the extent that experience doesn’t amount to squat. Some people call it a generation gap; I just say it is what it is.

Which, come to think of it, has actually become about as stupid, hackneyed and inarticulately inexplicit a phrase as there ever was. Unless, of course, you want to elevate it to a realm of philosophical consideration, as President Bill Clinton did, by asking what the meaning of the word “is” is.

Because, as Jerry Seinfeld has been known to observe, people think that if they use the same word twice in a sentence, it somehow adds gravitas and added nuance to a given phrase. Consequently, they can’t be wrong about anything and will say whatever with added (and annoying) confidence.

“It is what it is, bro.”

“Really? Tell me more.”

“OK—‘Business is business.’ ‘Parts is parts.’ ‘Chicken is chicken.’ ‘It ain’t over till it’s over.’ ‘Good is good; bad is better.’ ‘’You don’t know what you don’t know.’ ‘You only know what you know.’ ‘When you’re hot you’re hot and when you’re not you’re not.’ ‘Stupid is as stupid does…’”

“Alright already. I get it. Please stop.”

“‘If you got it you got it…’”

Anyway, a few weeks back I mentioned Venmo, a type of “digital wallet” young people are using to reimburse friends while using transaction data as a type of “news feed” that can be shared on a

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