It's making a difference.....

by undercover 8 Replies latest jw friends

  • undercover

    The nightmare of the WTS is, more than ever, becoming a reality and is making a difference in how people research about the teachings and history of JWs. I'm speaking, of course, about the Internet.

    They call the period that we are living in the Information Age and that is more apparent with each passing day. Have you noticed how many new people are showing up at just this one site and saying they are leaving the JWs because of the lies or saying they have been contacted by JWs and maybe even studied and want to learn what they aren't telling? Where are they learning this information? The Internet.

    The WTS has to be deeply afraid of this modern technolocigal marvel that brings information to a person at the touch of a few buttons. They are trying to demonize it, in their publications and meetings, but more and more JWs and interested people are ignoring that advice and looking anyway.

    Think about it. If you were an employer and wanted to hire somebody with a great resume, you do a background check on them. If you're an applicant and are being lured to another company, you do research on this company. It's background, it's record, it's forecast for the future. Wouldn't, shouldn't we do the same for whatever major life decision we make? It's amazing how people go by feel to pick a religion when religion supposedly (according to themselves anyway) is the single most important decision that you'll ever make. Why shouldn't we do a background check on them? How do we know they are telling the truth? What's their track record? Why are they afraid of independant research? Why are they afraid of the Internet? If you have to ask these last two questions, then your spidey sense has to start tingling.

    It started as a trickle, now it may be a small stream, but the dam is cracking and it's only a matter of time before it fails and the flood begins.

  • doogie

    Don't worry, UC...they're aware of the problem...

    this was from a 2000 awake:

    The Manipulation of Information

    "By clever and persevering use of propaganda even heaven can be represented as hell to the people, and conversely the most wretched life as paradise." ?ADOLF HITLER, MEIN KAMPF.

    AS MEANS of communicating have expanded?from printing to the telephone, radio, television, and the Internet?the flow of persuasive messages has dramatically accelerated. This communications revolution has led to information overload, as people are inundated by countless messages from every quarter. Many respond to this pressure by absorbing messages more quickly and accepting them without questioning or analyzing them.

    The cunning propagandist loves such shortcuts?especially those that short-circuit rational thought. Propaganda encourages this by agitating the emotions, by exploiting insecurities, by capitalizing on the ambiguity of language, and by bending rules of logic. As history bears out, such tactics can prove all too effective.

    Do Not Be a Victim of Propaganda!

    "A fool will believe anything." ?PROVERBS 14:15, TODAY'S ENGLISH VERSION.

    THERE is a difference?a big difference?between education and propaganda. Education shows you how to think. Propaganda tells you what to think. Good educators present all sides of an issue and encourage discussion. Propagandists relentlessly force you to hear their view and discourage discussion. Often their real motives are not apparent. They sift the facts, exploiting the useful ones and concealing the others. They also distort and twist facts, specializing in lies and half-truths. Your emotions, not your logical thinking abilities, are their target.

    The propagandist makes sure that his message appears to be the right and moral one and that it gives you a sense of importance and belonging if you follow it. You are one of the smart ones, you are not alone, you are comfortable and secure?so they say.

  • doogie

    i guess if anyone has authority to write these articles it would be them

  • Nosferatu

    One thing I've noticed, as of late, how many people have been coming here who are just studying. They don't get a satisfactory answer to one of their questions, so they look it up on the net to get a better answer. Then they come here and are shown what's really going on.

  • undercover
    One thing I've noticed, as of late, how many people have been coming here who are just studying.

    Yes! That's why I posted my little essay on why the Internest is making a difference. I too have noticed it. It's good to see people doing research and thinking for themselves instead of buying the WTS teachings hook, line and sinker.

  • kgfreeperson

    In another thread, shamus posted a link to an article by Jerry Bergman

  • kgfreeperson

    Well, darn! My point was that Jerry Bergman's article, talking about there are now more people who have left the Watchtower than who remain loyal, seems to be from 1984 (all the citations were from 1984). So, like, don't hold your breath!

  • Leolaia

    It's the same thing as using the internet to check out an advertised product or infomercial before putting money into a purchase, by seeing what other consumers say. Or using the internet to check reviews of a movie before going out.

  • cyber-sista

    We didn't have PCs or internet when I first hooked up with the witness some 20 plus years ago. I would have done the research and have saved myself a lot of hassle--it would have made a big difference. Education is our best defense and our now revenge upon the Org. (sorry I think evil thoughts sometimes)

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