In light of all the new critical activity over the last year, it seems a useful topic of discussion. Most folks who have a bone to pick with the Church of Scientology seem to relish any and all activities that express a disgruntled view of the organizaton. No matter who, what, when or where: If it slams Scientology then its good. But is it really good? Or does it just express a disgruntled view without really communicating the issues or effecting real change? We forget that the average Joe (or Jane) who are not familiar with the Scientology issue may also respond to the antics of critics in a negative way. Why do you think the News Broadcasts hire attractive well spoken people? Or advertisers use specific "types" of people in their commercials to communicate a message? We might get a certain buzz or thrill when we see someone talk about Scientology, but all too often the vehicle for delivery is a total embarrassment. All the public sees is a well established "church" with nice buildings, well dressed individuals, celebrities, etc. on one side, And then a bunch of rebellious teens (not to be taken all that seriously) or damaged frumpy people talking about how bad it all is. My guess is that many people DO leave scientology and just go on the get their act together and live happy (or reasonably happy) and successfull lives. We rarely hear from THOSE people. Seems like we generally here or see from the fringy elements when it comes to the Internet and Public events. I'm just not sure how much that is helping.