WT predicting smartphones back in the 20s?

by paradiseseeker 25 Replies latest jw friends

  • DesirousOfChange

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    That's higher success than the WTS predictions!

  • Londo111

    Whatever gets a JW to read the Golden Age magazine.

    There are so many lovely articles how there is no such thing as gravity, about wood and glass atoms, and all sorts of "advanced" medical advice like diagnosing and curing diseases with radio waves, radium belts, and so forth.

  • EverApostate

    Well , during that time I think landline telephones as well as Wireless technology were already in use. So mixing both and foreseeing a new technology, is not a marvel.

    Albert Einstein predicted that gravity bends Light. And this was technically proved several years later. So Einstein was guided by Holy spirit ?

  • Londo111

    And was Jules Verne spirit-directed for his science fiction?

  • steve2

    This prediction was first touted in the general media well before The Golden Age reported it.

    It is a little like praising the messenger for informing readers of scientists' technological predictions.

  • Finkelstein

    Answer = theoretical imaginative speculation

    Back in the 1950's there were speculation that by the year 2000 mankind would be flying around in hovering spaceships instead of on the road automobiles. ...... same thing

    The Radio was just taking off back in the 1920's as well telephones were becoming a popular electronic devise.

    So combing the two you get a wireless telephone. marvelous

    The WTS was always endeavored to bring forth enticing information that would attract the reader or general public, selling Christ's return was just another plagiarized concept that the WTS used to promote its literature.

    The WTS is a example of Americanized freedom of religion and free unregulated capitalism in the vein of self supporting charlatanism.

    Come all you stupid, naive and uneducated, I've got something to sell you.

  • Pete Zahut
    Pete Zahut

    The modern technologies we now enjoy were thought of long before most of us were born. Anyone reading popular science type magazines back then would have known about things like this. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/10/tesla-quotes_n_7771358.html

    I find it ironic, that while predicting the nearness of the end of the world in their own magazines, the folks at the Watchtower were simultaneously using information from "worldly" sources, to tout the availability of modern technologies they'd be using in the ministry, in a future that wasn't supposed to come about.

    (P.S. Is it me or does the guy in the drawing look like a young Ronald Regan?)

  • Anders Andersen
    Anders Andersen

    The writer was more right than he could ever imagine. Right before the highlighted sentences about smart phones he writes:

    Conveying ideas by printer's ink has furnished to the opportunity for much cheating and lying. Much of our news has been false propaganda, int the interest of the few, to control and keep in subjection the minds of the many. But ingenious devices are appearing on the horizon that promise to eliminate opportunity for fraud in conveying ideas.

    Spot on: Watchtower is going down by means of the internet!

    A side note: the first 10 pages of that issue of Golden Age is some weird ass article about girls. Ten. Freaking. Pages.

    'out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks'....that also applies to Jesus I guess?

  • ElderEtta

    Everyone seems to have missed a key ingredient to that prediction. No less than three times on that page they use the phrase "some day" -- and that someday, they say, will be at the conclusion of the Thousand Years.

    That is some monstrously bad prediction.

  • GLTirebiter

    Dick Tracy beat them to it!

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