Making the (Mental) Load Lighter

This week I started unsubscribing from many e-mail lists, Facebook pages, Twitter and web sites.  The reason is simple, more productive use of my time.  But it’s also because I’ve noticed a change in tone in many pages and lists.

I enjoyed one DIY list for years, but finally unsubscribed because in the old days when you asked a question you would get some intelligent help.  The last couple months it seems trolling has taken over.  Ask a question, and someone is asking a question about you or your abilities; and there is never an answer to your question.

Facebook has taken an ugly turn.  I’ve had to disconnect from some of my “friends” simply because they see Facebook as a platform for taking every outrage personal and feel the need to share these posts; 99% of them being just something stupid or your typical clickbait fake news.

Why are people sitting at keyboards bitching and feeling like they have to share every outrageous post they come across?

It’s like this …. if you go out on the town, the average person doesn’t walk into the roughest bar or restaurant just to be with people fighting, or yelling about things they perceive as outrageous.  You want to go to a nice place.  As such, I’ve chosen to disconnect from the platforms where people feel they have to act irresponsibly.

I can honestly say that I feel better because I’m now disconnected.

About Frederick Vobbe

I’m presently employed as Director of Engineering for Block Communications, Inc., and I’m Vice President and Chief Operator for the a group of television stations in Lima, Ohio. On the amateur radio side I’m the trustee for the KT8APR repeaters on 53.630, & 145.370. These repeaters are analog, IRLP. I was the long time editor of the DX Audio Service, a non-profit radio magazine on audio cassette devoted to the medium wave DX hobby. The magazine ran from April 1985 till the National Radio Club shut it down in April 2015, I’m a member of B.P.O.E. #54, Eagles #370, past Salvation Army board of directors, past member of the Lima Host Lions Club where I served as President, VP, and on the board of directors. I hold the Melvin Jones Award, one of Lions Club top honors. In my nearly 50 plus year broadcast career I’ve worked at recording studios, radio, and television stations. One of my other hobbies is collecting “oldies” from the years 1955 to 1990 that charted in the radio industry in the Whitburn/Billboard charts for Rock and C&W. I have my own automation system & Part 15 radio station where I can listen to “good” music. I also restore old recordings of radio jingles, airchecks, and production music from tape and records. Another hobby is designing circuits and home-brewing equipment such as audio processors, tube compressors, switcher & control systems, audio distribution amplifiers, and audio mixers. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, my ham radio call sign, W8HDU, was granted via the vanity callsign program, and was my grandfather’s call. He worked at Western Union during the days and at night he operated on 80 meters from his home in Toledo using a home brew transmitter and receiver, working the CW mode.
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