RE:communication technology and control in CAI
(Date Posted:08/04/2012 7:03 PM)
When we left a few years ago they were fairly up to date with the then
latest version of Windows and were using Outlook rather than Contexte.
Encryption was still used and I'm sure they still do that now. Paranoia much, you see?
If you had a mobile phone you were expected to have it on you at all
times and answer it within three rings. If you were a mum at home (at
least in Coffs) you had to almost carry your cordless phone on you
around the home, too because you were expected to answer swiftly. Same
when you were home and working on your own property on a 'free' weekend.
You were expected to be reachable at all times (even at 3am and trust
me, we GOT phone calls at that time of night on occasion).
As for web browsing ... I can't imagine them monitoring it because I for
one (and I'm no tech-expert) found out very swiftly whilst still in
there that you can erase your browsing history with the right browser
settings but it wasn't until the last two years in there that I had
'anything' to hide. I stayed away from un-approved stuff because I was
told to. But that was maybe just me. But then, others might be just as
brain washed as I have been back then. Some might also have browser
Generally, men used to have more and better access to modern media than
the women. I doubt it has changed much. One lady in Coffs used Amazon
for the first time only a couple of years
ago and was all excited about her leap forward in the use of technology.
I know from (then) friends of mine that their husbands strictly
regulated their internet access (if they got any at all) and what they
looked at and what not. Some even went as far as to read their wives'
personal emails. Mine didn't and the internet and the friends I made
there in the end preserved what little was left of my sanity when I was
getting more and more depressed towards the end of my time in there. I'm
still good friends with a number of those people now and some I have
even met up with in the meantime.
All in all, I would say they have continued to make the most of modern
technology within the strict parametres given by the cult. They'd be
stupid not to. Even back then (4/5 years ago) they used the internet
regularly to download sermons from people such as
David Wilkerson through his website and burn those on CDs so
they could be listened to during the meetings, search for new materials
from people such as the Pearls and for stuff for Sunday School etc.
As said, that info is between 2 and 5 years old but I doubt they have
changed that approach in the meantime. Maybe somebody who left more
recently than me cares to shed some light.
(P.S: Sorry, Patrick, I prefer to preserve my anonymity in the signature
because I got burned badly in the past and I prefer not to repeat that
same mistake ever again.)
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