Has the internet made the WTS so fearful that they need to make changes? Are they changing to become more mainstream? Will they implement more and more changes since most people have the internet and can look up their false history and predictions?
Has the internet caused all the changes the WTS has implemented?
I think it has played a role. However, with all the child abuse cases, and other legal issues, the society is doing the "CYA". Also, the many books that have exposed the past history of the society has hurt them.
Hard to tell but it sure has hurt the validity of themselves, will they ever be as bold and arrogant in their thinking that they are indeed god's only chosen organization
on earth I kind of doubt it, they may indeed be cowering backward into a corner with a little less guff, from this point on.
It is probably contributing. The Internet takes what would have been a local issue and spreads it so everyone can see it.
It also allows people to research the subject before joining. Once they realize that the Washtowel Slaveholdery is a scam, they will not join. Contributions crash. New recruits are few and far between. That destabilizes the financial situation of the congregations, which are having a hard time paying the rent. Money stops coming into the Worldwide Pedophile Defense Fund. And people are walking out, helped by apostates worldwide, and finding other places to go to.
All of which the Filthful and Disgraceful Slavebugger has to react to. Many of the changes are an attempt to appease those still in. And, they are clamping down on using independent sources. Comments are being sanitized to the extreme. All because I can type a theme on my slip into a search engine and get independent sources in seconds, which would lead people to see the lies from the Filthful and Disgraceful Slavebugger. It also means they have to consume as much witless time as possible without giving the chance to think, so they will not have time to research on their own.
Now, just wait until Starbucks starts putting computers at their tables. If that happens, I would expect the ban on coffee to take effect soon following. And even quicker if the girls that are being stiffed by the witlesses start leaving the computers on some apostate web site.
It has made a big difference but it's not the whole picture. When you think back 10-15 years, the rate of change in the WBTS is quite astounding. I don't think it's a coincidence that this happened at the same time as the advent of the internet.