The People's Front of Design (was JJG's IA Summit 2009 Keynote)

30 Mar 2009 - 2:50am
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Scott Berkun
2008

When this list gets as absurd, pointless and self-destructive as it has
been in recent days, the only sensible thing is to beg people to watch
this gem from Monty Python.

Forget whatever is motivating your arguments. If you have posted to this
list in the last weeks, this is what you sound like to the rest of the
world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb_qHP7VaZE (Yes, it's pleasurably NSFW)

It's no wonder we're ignored by all the people we dream of persuading.

It'd be nice to see a design leader in any of this, but all I read is ego.

-Scott

> Mariane wrote:
>
> It most unfortunate that the level of discourse on this subject has fallen
> so low as to include squishy defensive pseudo-innuendo. Because, up until
> this post, the conversation has been conducted in a spirited and oddly
> compelling manner. This has been one of the more subtle and slightly
> sneaky
> "defining the d*** thing" conversations with the added flavor of
> ownership.
> However, it is my belief, that we could easily be discussing how many
> angels
> can dance on the head of a pin as the "answer" would be the same; it
> doesn't
> matter.

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30 Mar 2009 - 7:49am
Todd Warfel
2003

Brilliant.

On Mar 30, 2009, at 3:50 AM, info at scottberkun.com wrote:

> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb_qHP7VaZE (Yes, it's pleasurably
> NSFW)
>
> It's no wonder we're ignored by all the people we dream of persuading.
>
> It'd be nice to see a design leader in any of this, but all I read
> is ego.

Cheers!

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30 Mar 2009 - 7:58am
Christopher Fahey
2005

On Mar 30, 2009, at 3:50 AM, info at scottberkun.com wrote:
> When this list gets as absurd, pointless and self-destructive as it
> has
> been in recent days, the only sensible thing is to beg people to watch
> this gem from Monty Python.

Heh, I posted this video during the Summit itself:
http://twitter.com/chrisfahey/statuses/1375703528

I am a community veteran, but I've never been an organized community
leader of any kind. It appears to me, as an organizational outsider if
you will, as if this public rancor is *entirely* between a small set
of people who comprise the "leadership" of several various
organizations who think that everyone in the community cares about
their squabbles.

While I deeply deeply appreciate what so many professional community
volunteers do (without them we'd have no conferences, mailing lists,
events, etc.), I have to confess that I generally have no idea who
exactly these leaders are. I have a *rough* idea, I suppose, based on
recent email list bloviation, but even then I really can't say for
sure who's a leader in the Judean People's Front and who's a leader in
the People's Front of Judea. It's all an ugly blur. Sometimes I wonder
who's a "leader" at all -- certainly the people doing the bickering
cannot be the "leaders", can they?

Those of us who are not "leaders" do not know about and do not care
about these internecine problems. We don't follow professional
organizational leadership struggles like we might follow presidential
politics or our favorite sports. We are happy to go to conferences
based on the quality of the speakers, to subscribe and unsubscribe to
lists based on the quality of the conversation, completely oblivious
to whether it's IxDA, IAI, IOU, or ICBM. Seriously, folks? All of
these groups are, to me, functionally identical. Your differences are
petty and political.

Leaders: Perhaps it's time to start a separate "UX leadership
reconciliation" mailing list and save the rest of us your shared
grievances. Whoever sets up that list will, for one, earn the title
"leader".

Thanks,
-Cf

Christopher Fahey
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