In a recent post the folks at TechCrunch talk about how many want to
kill off the "user", or at least the word describing it.
one person says that people are users if they use a Dishwasher, then
why a computer. Thomas Vander Wal says that the term is
The author Duncan Riley, likes the term and proudly identifies.
I'm not interested in a semantic debate here at all.
I just find it interesting that a start-up Web 2.0 focused profit-blog
which really never talks about these types of issues, feels the need
to talk about this.
is there some great relevance I'm missing? I mean Thomas, are we
really THAT stupid that we can't tell that the people we call users
are users? Is it any worse than the term subject, participant,
patient, etc. that people use to distance themselves from our fellow
I have seen the trend to say "human experience design" attempted by a
few, but I really don't think all that differently about it when I
hear that vs. user experience.