So this is probably not a big revelation for anyone, but a little for myself. Or at least a sum up of why the JWs still cling to many of their beliefs and practices are to gain them notoriety and attention. So many of the non-witness friends I have now remember the JW kids they grew up with only because they weren't allowed to celebrate the holidays. The same goes for the blood transfusion stance. All for attention, and at the same time, an opportunity to make the members feel like martyrs and/or persecuted victims.
I think for the Watchtower, they need these devices to stand themselves out so as to not just blend in to the woodwork of other offshoot religions. With so many other fringe "Christian" religions, the general public really doesn't know a lot about the dogma of groups like Seventh Day Adventists or the Assemblies of God church. For the JWs, they have their handful of instant recognition platforms like holidays, neutrality, door to door ministering, blood transfusions, and even the strict dress code.
Some of the recent moves made on the convention attendance rules is an example of the further need to try to get attention. When it became mandatory to wear badge cards that wasn't enough. So, then it became required that you wear the badge card all the time, including the drive to and from the convention site, and every evening. As the GB wanted yet more attention to maybe get noticed by yet a few more bystanders, they made it rule to wear full dress clothes in your trip to and from, and in the evenings for meals out after the sessions ended.
When it's all said and done, all of these moves and rules are all ways that the Watchtower is trying to keep themselves in the general discourse and not fade away as just another religion in decline. I look to see them make another big move for attention in some fashion whether it be in a doctrinal change or a publicity stunt. Something to perhaps counteract the attention being given to their mishandling of sex abuse or their shunning policies which are some of what they're most known for now! (Which is great for the effort of seeing their doors perhaps one day shuttered!)
Here's to hoping- NR