I think a lot these days about people who train you to be obedient without telling you that's what they're doing. The thought occurred to me that that could be part of the idea of Regional Conventions. It's not like they present much of anything new to the audience, it's the same old talks year after year, the same old information, yeah, repackaged a little, different themes, different illustrations, but the same information, obey the faithful slave, Armageddon is imminent, go door-to-door, the usual. And three days in a row of eight or nine hours of talks with brief videos and skits is too much for people to digest anyway. I went to 5 or 6 conventions as a researcher and my brain hurt after more than a couple hours of talks, it's rapid-fire and too much for you to process, not to mention that many of the speakers speak in a voice that grates on you like you're a little kid getting lectured.
It almost feels like the point is to see if you'll sit there obediently. And they make you clap on command like you're seals at SeaWorld, it's obvious when the speakers want you to applaud, they raise the pitch of their voice or ask rhetorical questions ('We're here because we love what we're learning afrom the faithful slave, aren't we?') and the audience obediently claps. And they used to be worse, I mean nine-day conventions, whatever you need to say you should be able to say it in one day if one talk.
What do other posters think about what I'm arguing? I know that part of the point is to connect people and create a sense of community, give out new publications (well, used to be), give Brothers the chance to look good on stage, but I think this is part of it too, part of what the Governing Body going for.