Watchtower Ironically Warns It's Memeber About "Propaganda" - Watchtower July 2017
Did you cant catch the DIRECT PROPAGANDA USED in that article?
Ah! Their infamous use of ellipses (...) I wonder what pertinent info they omitted this time?
The quote is from page 78 of Media and Society In the Twentieth Century (you can access it on Amazon here, sign-in to see page 78) and in the newer edition, it's found on page 83 of "Media and Society Into the 21st Century: A Historical Introduction By Lyn Gorman, David McLean"
The full quote is:
"Therefore, it is likely to be most effective if people do not have access to multiple sources of informationand if they are discouraged from thinking critically. Michael Balfour has suggested that the "best touchstone for distinguishing propaganda from science is whether a plurality of sources of information and of interpretations is being discouraged or fostered."
The WT then goes on to say that JW's "need a source of trustworthy, reliable information to prevent the enemy from playing tricks with your mind. Jehovah has provided this."
Ironically, the entire article goes on to use the same propaganda methods they warned about:
- "do not let terror tactics weaken you"
- "shut your ears"
And these doozies:
"Your defense? Be determined to stick to Jehovah’s organization and loyally support the leadership he provides—no matter what imperfections may surface"
"Do not be “quickly shaken from your reason” when faced with what appear to be damaging attacks by apostates or other such deceivers of the mind—however plausible their charges may seem."
Great comments ttdtt.
Thanks for posting
This is just a feeble attempt to get JWs to not listen to any bad news about the religion.
I remember the lines from that famous movie: "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."
I think reading this paragraph tells us just how desperate the WT corporation has become.
Your defense? Be determined to stick to Jehovah’s organization and loyally support the leadership he provides—no matter what imperfections may surface. (1 Thess. 5:12, 13) Do not be “quickly shaken from your reason” when faced with what appear to be damaging attacks by apostates or other such deceivers of the mind—however plausible their charges may seem. (2 Thess. 2:2; Titus 1:10) Follow the advice given to the young man Timothy. Stick to the truth you learned, and remember where you learned it. (2 Tim. 3:14, 15) Surely there is ample evidence to show that you can trust the channel that Jehovah has used for nearly a hundred
Stick to the troof you learn and remember where you learned it written like a true propaganda expert. I wonder if the guys who write this stuff took a couple of online courses?
I agree with Brokeback and others on here- WT Society is getting extremely desperate to stem the tide of negative information coming across the Internet this summer. I mean, good lord these comments in this WT article just SMACK of mind control tactics as are used by other cults like Scientology to control their members.
Quotes like: " Your defense ? Be determined to stick to Jehovah's organization and loyally support the leadership he provides - NO MATTER WHAT IMPERFECTIONS may surface. " Translation : " Don't worry brothers and sisters if you read of pedophiles being allowed to roam free for years within congregations and don't worry about us not releasing to the courts our Database pedophile list of 23,000 of your fellow Witnesses who are pedophiles for proper authorities to read- these fellow Witnesses of yours - your brothers or sisters - just have IMPERFECTIONS that make them pedophiles. And it's just OUR own IMPERFECTIONS- your fellow servants the Governing Body that keeps us from releasing this information to the courts. Please be assured of our warm Christian love, your brothers, WT Bible & Tract Society.
Or quotes like this : " ' Do not be quickly shaken from your reason ' when faced with WHAT APPEAR to be damaging attacks. HOWEVER PLAUSIBLE their charges may be. " Translation : " Brothers and sisters- don't trust your imperfect reasoning on this. These apostate attacks may APPEAR damaging but cannot be trusted. They are untrue. Your sinful, imperfect heart may make these child abuse accusations APPEAR PLAUSIBLE - but really they're not true. Just apostate lies to make us not trust God's organization. And you know who the " father of the lie " is - right ? Satan the Devil ! Please be assured of our warm Christian love to protect you from these apostate lies and Satan's tricky tactics ! Sincerely, your brothers WT Bible & Tract Society. "
There. Did I make this even more nauseating to take ? Sorry about that. I couldn't resist the satire. But I guarantee WT leaders, elders, and other authority figures will be viewing it and explaining it away with this reasoning. Pretty twisted and sick. Criminals. Peace out, Mr. Flipper
Too funny. Especially at my judicial meeting the one dumb ass elder, Dion admitted that their magazines are "magazines of half truths". These dummies know exactly what they are doing.
The Watchtower relies much too heavily on negative innuendos to frighten the flock from believing what the news may say. I'm thinking this has got to wake up those having doubt and cause many who had none to start having doubts.
Do not be “quickly shaken from your reason” when faced with what appear to be damaging attacks by apostates or other such deceivers of the mind—however plausible their charges may seem.
Doesn't this make even the most dyed in the wool JW believer have a WTF moment? The Governing Body are making a Hail Mary play here and stoking the fire by such words. I'm thinking they are their own worst enemy and that anything they do to stem the tide of negative publicity to be the wrong thing, their wishful thinking phase has blasted into nightmare stage as meet headlong 'reality' in other word the gig is up and only the most extreme loyalist will be giving them support from here on in., they have gone way too far in relying on mass credulity of the faithful. They are in real trouble and they know it.
Yep, agreed. It is definitely a desperation move.
Really great collective analysis! You've all nailed it!
Of his many books, Crystallizing Public Opinion (1923) and Propaganda (1928) gained special attention as early efforts to define and theorize the field of public relations. Citing works of writers such as Gustave Le Bon, Wilfred Trotter, Walter Lippmann, and his own double uncle Sigmund Freud, he described the masses as irrational and subject to herd instinct—and outlined how skilled practitioners could use crowd psychology and psychoanalysis to control them in desirable ways....
Counsel on public relations
After returning to New York, Bernays opened a public relations business. In 1923 he published a book, "Crystallizing Public Opinion", outlining his profession, and taught a course at New York University. Both of these are considered firsts in the modern field of public relations.
Bernays, who pursued his calling in New York City from 1919 to 1963, styled himself a "public relations counsel". He had very pronounced views on the differences between what he did and what people in advertising did. A pivotal figure in the orchestration of elaborate corporate advertising campaigns and multi-media consumer spectacles, he nevertheless is among those listed in the acknowledgments section of the seminal government social science study "Recent Social Trends in the United States" (1933).
Notable clients and campaigns
Further information: Public relations campaigns of Edward Bernays
Bernays’s famous corporate clients included Procter & Gamble, the American Tobacco Company, Cartier Inc., Best Foods, CBS, the United Fruit Company, General Electric, Dodge Motors, the fluoridationists of the Public Health Service, Knox-Gelatin, and innumerable other big names.
Bernays attempted to help Venida hair nets company to get women to wear their hair longer so they would use hairnets more. The campaign failed but did get government officials to require hairnets for some jobs.
Bernays worked with Procter & Gamble for Ivory-brand bar soap. The campaign successfully convinced people that Ivory soap was medically superior to other soaps. He also promoted soap through sculpting contests and floating contests because the soap floated better than competing products.
Bernays used his uncle Sigmund Freud's ideas to help convince the public, among other things, that bacon and eggs was the true all-American breakfast.
In the 1930s, his Dixie Cup campaign was designed to convince consumers that only disposable cups were sanitary by linking the imagery of an overflowing cup with subliminal images of vaginas and venereal disease.
He was publicity director for the 1939 New York World's Fair.
Another selection from his papers, the Typescript on Publicizing the Physical Culture Industry, 1927: "Bernarr Macfadden", reveals Bernays' opinion of the leader of the physical culture movement. Yet another client, department store visionary Edward A. Filene, was the subject of the Typescript on a Boston Department Store Magnate. Bernays' Typescript on the Importance of Samuel Strauss: "1924 – Private Life" shows that the public relations counsel and his wife were fans of consumerism critic Samuel Strauss.