Scientology finds the dream solution to its recruiting woes - the QR Code! - 2019-05-12
Scientology orgs around the world are receiving visitors from Scientology Media Productions, or SMP. It's the new Sea Org Org that occupies the former KCET television studios in Hollywood and created Scientology TV. They are on tour because staff members have to be shown how to use the latest attempt to boost recruiting of new Scientologists – the QR Code.
The Quick Response (QR) Code is a 2-dimensional bar code invented in 1994 for the Japanese auto industry. It has since grown in popularity on product packaging in stores and online to provide an interested customer with more information about a product. Just open your iPhone camera app and point it at the code. You will see a link notification that you can touch to open. It works on most Android phones also, but you may have to load a separate app. Now Scientology intends to use them to promote the Scientology Network using their oldest recruiting tool – body routing in public.
Once Scientology was known as the people handing out free movie tickets that turned out to be a creepy showing of "Orientation: A Scientology Information Film" which ended with the line "If you leave this room after seeing this film, and walk out and never mention Scientology again, you are perfectly free to do so. It would be stupid, but you can do it. You can also dive off a bridge or blow your brains out. That is your choice." That movie was replaced by video kiosks in Ideal Orgs that show a variety of videos about Scientology and its humanitarian efforts. With the use of QR Codes, Scientology hopes to reach those that can't be persuaded to enter the org to see those movies.