As if to illustrate my earlier criticism of The Futurist the current issue contains a brief article that illustrates some of my frustrations with it. "News in the Digital Age" is about newspapers in an online world and how they should adapt. The thrust of the story is about weblogs and whether they form "a powerful new form of amateur journalism." While I grudgingly acknowledge that this old idea is still being debated I don't expect a futurist journal to be introducing weblogs (6+ years old?) or an already hackneyed argument. The Futurist should be among the first wave of media, not the third or fourth.
One, inadequate, defensive argument would be the long lead times of a monthly print publication -- see also this issue's article on New York's waste that doesn't mention July's announcement by Mayor Bloomberg that the city's recycling programmes will be "suspended." The obvious counter is, of course, why doesn't the WFS have a weblog then?