BluesBrother: Personally, if this is the way it is going - that would be a change for the better.
With all due respect - Huh??? You think this would be a change for the better??? Since JWs say that the majority of mankind are "imminently" in danger of losing their lives and that they (JWs) have the key to survival, I think a change for the better would be for them to study, educate themselves, gain knowledge, hone their intelligence, sharpen their reasoning skills, get some dignity, etc. With every passing minute, they should be becoming more serious, less concerned about fun, more concerned about warning their fellow humans. However, they're going in the opposite direction - dumbing down, becoming more ineffective in their ministry, focusing more on having fun and becomining more mainstream, 'having the times of their lives' (Atlanta International Convention video), etc.
I can't believe you think this would be a change for the better. If they truly believe the end of the world is imminent, shouldn't they be like the Israelite army solemnly marching around Jericho? Shouldn't they be studying the Scriptures like monks and becoming experts in the word of their god so they can defend him and his word and be able to help their fellow humans?
When I became a JW, I had a life; I knew how to have fun. I never needed JWs to provide fun in my life. I was solely attracted to them because I thought they had the truth and I liked what that perceived truth had to offer. If I had never been a JW and were introduced to them now, there's no way I would become one. They can't defend their "truth" anymore and I certainly don't need their brand of fun. Let's see... corny dancing around the KH in dress clothes or boogie-boarding at the beach?