While I have not been an all out "fan" of the TSL webcasts and approach, I think they ARE helping move the conversation around the sport (granted, within the narrow community of uber fans and skaters who are paying attention to the sport ... in August) in overall, a productive and more interesting direction. Certainly, the quality of the discourse as available through the established broader media, is just way too 2-dimensional to be truly interesting or thought provoking.
With the discussion ongoing within this thread, I feel frustrated FOR THE SKATERS actually. It's like they just can't win sometimes. People want skaters to be more candid and open, then jump down their throats finding something to criticize when they do. It's sort of a "no win" situation for the skaters sometimes it seems. Very tough needle to thread. Takes the right combination of intelligence, confidence and the willingness to simply ignore some people, enough of the time.