Is not Aikido as put forth by the Aikikai a product and should we not expect truth in product labeling much as we do with anything we buy off the shelf? I understand the buyer beware approach and that we all should be looking hard at what we "buy" though I think that changing photos in this instance is an effort to mislead and to disassociate from the past where it is very likely we would never have the resources to find it on our own. In the political world it doesn't take many "altered" photos to get one on the outside. Should we expect less from an organization that is suppose to be the avatar of a product that is based on love, world peace and whose practice is spiritual in nature?
Just go straight.......
Well it can be only one of two things: a product or a service.
Food on shelves? Not a good example for if you believe you are told anything near the truth there then you are certainly deluded.
Now expecting more from an organization which is meant to be an avatar of love, world peace and spiritual in nature then I agree with you, we should expect more.
However the example I give above as to best solution I doubt they have ever considered. If they did and understood how that would benefit all concerned, including them, then they could adopt it and be the first on the planet to so do. Thus lead the way.
Thus they would have to take responsibility. They would have to Allow, agree with, an official body to set up, not of their choosing, to represent the historical record of Aikido.
They would have no influence or control of such a body. That does not mean no communication.
Then they could get on with showing what they do as their pr and promotions and referring anyone interested in historical record to this other body.
Much more ethical, harmonious and responsible I would say. Of course in their write ups and promotions they would have brief explanations and a brief historical outline but thats all they need. They are meant to be promoting what they offer not what once was.
The responsibility there then is just them making sure such a place exists for those who do want to know the in depth history.