Re: Perhaps the tide is changing.
As I see it, just now, promotion of a martial art seems to be of a kill or be killed variety, mma and ufc etc have defined what is martial to those who don't use or promote weapons (that it, it wins in a fight...which if you think of it is pretty fair enough). And for weapons enthusiasts there are many adept places as well.
I don't think Aikido falls into either of those places. It can certainly enhance them but that's different.