JW Broadcasting reeks of desperation

by oldskool 30 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • oldskool

    Again, I'm a decade removed from the faith. I have not kept up with any of the changes. I'm catching up now, and can't believe what I'm seeing.

    I get that JW leadership faced a dilemma. There is no intellectual apparatus within the faith. No scholars or universities, theologians or full time clergy. The requirements to being a minister for the group are minimal, and mainly rest on having a generic public image and repeating JW dogma. So to grow from within would be tough, I guess too tough.

    So rather than building anything useful, they latch onto the governing body producing videos as their way forward. I never was actually ashamed to have been part of this group. Irritated, upset, and frustrated are words I might use, but never ashamed. These videos change that. If somebody sees these videos and thinks I was part of what is being portrayed, its embarrassing.

    I feel as if their entire faith has been turned into a circus.

    We live in a media saturated culture. Unless you are sophisticated at what you produce, people can see right through it.

    Bottom line, you cannot produce content as poor as what is contained on JW Broadcasting and think it helps anything. It's doing more harm than good. I cannot believe this project of theirs is yielding tangible results. It is down right awful stuff. There is a part of me that reasons the WTS knew that people on the internet were destroying their religion, and they decided they should just destroy it themselves instead.

    Being on video is a performance. There are those that are good at performing, and those that are not. Poor Mr. Stephen Lett was so awful I couldn't believe it. To speak into a camera in the same condescending tone those magazines are written in results in an entirely different meaning. His tone is a book on tape. His facial expressions as insincere and as forced as they can get. On paper, those words feel commanding because of the voice in your head saying them. From his mouth It's a Colbert sketch.

    Had this group been producing media like this back in the 90s when I joined, I never would have. A guy like Stephen Lett asking for money? No way.

    Same thing goes for the kids videos. I will add that back in 2010 the mormons did a series of videos for kids called Matt and Mandy. Not saying its a copy, but if you compare the two the difference in approach is staggering. Hint, even LDS didn't sink to guilting kids to give them money, and instead focused on their typical generic stuff.

    There are also whiteboard videos. You know, those shitty amateurish "animation" videos they use to sell erection supplements and get rich quick pyramid schemes? They have one 5 minutes long that tells people how to act at conventions. Talk about beating a dead horse.

    After 10 years and stopping back to take a look, what they've done with broadcasting is showcase what a joke of a religion they have. Their appearance is on par with any other crappy tv religion paid advertising.

    This religion is desperate. The videos reek of it. I never thought the WTS would actually go away in my lifetime. I assumed it would find ways to adapt. Now I'm not so sure. They are stupider than I ever imagined.

  • dothemath

    Your analysis is entirely correct. I've heard numerous conversations about how bizarre Lett is, even among what I thought were zealous brothers.

    A lot of the older ones aren't pleased at all with the new format.

    Theyre trying anything and everything to keep the numbers up, except now the big thing is the amount of donations.

  • Crazyguy

    I agree I think the cult is no longer able to recruit anyone from out side the religion not many anyway so thier focusing on trying to keep the ones already in in. The other thing is thier now concentrating on mostly the areas of the world were they can make money. This also speaks of desperation. They no longer seem to care about places like African or India cutting back on efforts in those places.

    The only thing that can save them now is a major economic downturn or some huge natural disaster.

  • Nicholaus Kopernicus
    Nicholaus Kopernicus

    Thank you Oldskool. Found your blog helpful. I cannot bring myself to watch any of the videos. I find the GB to be quite odious fellows and "bad associates" which I just avoid. However, your appraisal of their functioning is quite insightful. Of the GB, their videos etc, I am reminded of the following...

    "It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt." Mark Twain

    That's the only advice I have for the GB!

  • Designer Stubble
    Designer Stubble

    You nailed it completely. I have been out merely eight years, but do not recognize this as the religion I once was part of...

  • Listener

    Thanks for your insightful assessment OldSkool and I do wonder if some, if not many of the 'old school', more thinking Elders are feeling the same.

    When the monthly special video broadcasts were first introduced they said that they would be presented monthly by a GB member, a year or so later they have now decided that only every second broadcast will be presented by a GD member. No doubt, they've realised the damage it is causing. Also, they were showing their names and titles on the earlier videos and they've stopped that too.

  • jookbeard

    wouldn't disagree with any of this , Lett must frighten any potential new recruits away, like you I would never have joined on the basis of this buffoons performances.

  • smiddy

    I have said it before and I will say it again , PLEASE JW.ORG ,Broadcasting keep Lett as a spokesperson .

    You are making our job a lot easier .


  • stuckinarut2

    Great thread...but SHHHHHH...Don't tell them, or may become aware of just how silly they have become...

    SHHHH, lets watch the circus unravel.....

  • redpilltwice

    I feel as if their entire faith has been turned into a circus.

    We know who and where the clown are don't we?

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