Society doesn't follow it's own advice: Aug 15, 2011 WT "Internet Eve"

by truthseeker 26 Replies latest jw friends

  • truthseeker
    truthseeker

    I thought this extract from the August 15 WT (Study Edition) was very telling...

    Today, anyone with an Internet
    connection can become a desktop professor,
    pretending to be in the know, without even
    revealing his name. And there are no rules
    on who can publish ideas, information, images,
    and suggestions.

    Do not become an “Internet Eve.” Be critical
    and suspicious of the information.
    Before
    trusting it, ask: (1) Who published this
    material? What are the author’s credentials?
    (2) Whywas this published? What motivated
    the writer? Is there any bias? (3) Where
    did the author get the information? Does he
    supply sources that can be checked? (4) Is
    the information current? In the first century,
    the apostle Paul gave Timothy advice that
    applies with equal force today. Paul wrote:
    “Guard what is laid up in trust with you,
    turning away from the empty speeches that
    violate what is holy and from the contradictions
    of the falsely called ‘knowledge.’”
    —1 Tim. 6:20.

    Watchtower tells every JW to be critical of anything not written by them.

    How well these words apply to the editors of the Watchtower magazine.

  • sir82
    sir82

    Interestingly, none of the answers to questions 1 & 3 can be answered regarding anything the WTS publishes....

    Regarding question 2, clearly all of the WTS's literature is biased toward supporting their own doctrines...

    Regarding question 4, well, they get that one, as oftentimes what is published in [year X] directly overturns what had been published in [year X - Y]...

  • NomadSoul
    NomadSoul

    Funny thing is that in an early paragraph it says "In 1993 a well known magazine". What magazine? Who was the publisher?

    LOL Fail.

  • No Room For George
    No Room For George

    Today, anyone with an Internet
    connection can become a desktop professor,
    pretending to be in the know, without even
    revealing his name.

    Cough, DJ....cough cough...Eggnogg.....cough.......

  • dgp
    dgp

    It has always been true that anyone can pretend to be "in the know". That is exactly what they have been doing all this time. The internet makes it a lot easier to check whether you're telling the truth or not, however; and this is something that affects them. So they discredit any criticism.

  • hoser
    hoser

    Today, anyone with an Internet
    connection can become a desktop professor,
    pretending to be in the know, without even
    revealing his name.

    So I guess by "extension" anyone can become a bible scholar and translate the scriptures

    without even revealing his name.

    hoser

  • No Room For George
    No Room For George

    Funny thing is that in an early paragraph it says "In 1993 a well known magazine". What magazine? Who was the publisher?

    LOL Fail.

    Before
    trusting it, ask: (1) Who published this
    material? What are the author’s credentials?
    (2) Whywas this published? What motivated
    the writer? Is there any bias? (3) Where
    did the author get the information? Does he
    supply sources that can be checked? (4) Is
    the information current? In the first century,
    the apostle Paul gave Timothy advice that
    applies with equal force today. Paul wrote:
    “Guard what is laid up in trust with you,
    turning away from the empty speeches that
    violate what is holy and from the contradictions
    of the falsely called ‘knowledge.’”
    —1 Tim. 6:20.

    Well...........on May 26, 1969, there was an article entitled, "What Future For Young." That article had statements such as, "If you're a young person, you need to face the fact that you will never grow old in this system of things." Another statement made in that article goes, "Therefore as a young person, you will never fulfill any career that this system offers." Gotta love it. Using their own criteria proves them to be full of it.

  • undercover
    undercover

    Oh man, the illustration on that page is a hoot.

    On page 3, continuing to page 4:

    In 1993 a well-known magazine (reference?) had a cartoon showing two dogs in front of a computer. One dog explains to the other: "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." Long ago, Satan hid behind a serpent to start a "chat" with Eve and told her that she could be like God.

    As you flip the page to finish reading that last sentence, notice the illustration. The subliminal effect is obvious. As they interject Satan into the discussion of the Internet, right in the middle of that thought, they leave another impression on your mind - that Satan hides behind the Internet:

  • NomadSoul
    NomadSoul

    Interesting image, I didn't even notice that! Wow!

  • Coffee House Girl
    Coffee House Girl

    fear mongering at its best...wow

    thanks for sharing that one

    CHG

  • VM44
    VM44

    undercover, thank you for pointing this out.

    Picture of ethernet cable casting a shadow of a snake.

    I think The Watchtower went too far publishing that image.

    They really do not like the internet, do they.

  • VM44
    VM44

    On the Internet,
    Nobody Knows You're a Dog

    The above cartoon by Peter Steiner has been reproduced from page 61 of July 5, 1993 issue of The New Yorker, (Vol.69 (LXIX) no. 20).

  • Yan Bibiyan
    Yan Bibiyan

    As someone who knows a bit about ethernet cables, I can tell you the bend radius of this patch cable does not conform to the manufacturer's and industry standards.

    Thus, by extension, the illustration is invalid

  • No Room For George
    No Room For George

    Gotta give credit where its due though, that's a VERY GOOD illustration!!!

  • Yan Bibiyan
  • WontLeave
    WontLeave

    1. Who published this material? What are the author’s credentials? (New World Translation? Everything else?)
    2. Why was this published? What motivated the writer? Is there any bias? (Proclaimers? Faith in Action DVDs? Everything else?)
    3. Where did the author get the information? Does he supply sources that can be checked? (Some names are changed? Misquotes? Cherry-picked qoutes and scriptures which contradict the context?)
    4. Is the information current? (We aren't responsible for anything we've said in the past.)
  • dgp
    dgp

    Question. "How can you avoid being a victim of misinformation?"

    Answer by the worldly who doesn't know the ropes: "I can avoid being a victim of misinformation by having different sources of information, asking uncomfortable questions, reading things people wouldn't want you to read, checking backgrounds, and, above all, using my brains".

    If you look at the image, you'll notice that the network cable doesn't have as many twists as the shadow in the shape of a snake. Dunces.

    Besides, I went wireless long ago.

  • Mickey mouse
    Mickey mouse
    Besides, I went wireless long ago.

    The borg are behind the curve as ever.

  • carla
    carla

    marking, thank you!

  • TotallyADD
    TotallyADD

    Since when did the WT follow it's own advice. They are going full tilt in fear when it comes to the internet to the R&F. But in the back ground that is the main tool they use to control everything they own. At the elders school they now have talks on the usage of their internet sites for elders. Yes that 69 Awake had a big effect on my life. It gave my parents another excuse not to be responsible for my education. The cult won that day. The more I read the sicker I get about the WT cult. Totally ADD

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