I have seen many people write "Scientology is imploding" to describe how the cult is changing. Ortega writes: If you watch Mike Rinder’s blog carefully, you can see Scientology imploding on almost a daily basis. Salon.com has an article titled:Read This: an epic expose on Scientology's implosion and fundraising chicanery A Hollywood tabloid announces:THE SCIENTOLOGY CULT IS IMPLODING AS YOU READ THIS Not to mention the countless times people say this in comments here on WWP and on other critical sites. I don't think the word "imploding" is the best word for describing what's happening. I think it confuses people who are not cult watchers and gives them the wrong impression. An implosion is the destruction of an object when its material is violently squeezed together. For example some stars implode to become neutron stars or black holes, or for another more mundane example an old fashioned incandescent light bulb implodes when it's broken. Wikipedia gives 3 more examples. What could the word mean in the context of the cult? If we think of the members as being what the cult is made of, an implosion would mean that somehow the homo novis are suddenly and violently squeezed together so tightly that the structure of the cult collapses and the cult is destroyed. I don't think that's an accurate picture of what's happening. Although you might argue that something like that is happening in that the people who remain are hardcore members and closely-knit, nonetheless that's not something happening violently or that would cause the sudden demise of the cult. I think that a much more accurate and helpful way to describe what is happening is to say that the cult is evaporating. Evaporation is the slow and gradual loss of material from an object due to tiny parts of it escaping from the main body. Evaporation eventually results in the destruction of the object if it continues unabated for long enough. For example liquids evaporate, but if you follow astronomy you also know that black holes evaporate, which I think is a superb analogy. I hope you agree that "Scientology is evaporating" is a pretty accurate description of what is now happening to the cult, and I think it even has a nice ring to it since it also describes the cult's loss not only of members but also of power and clout.