Denethor defends User Experience

Amidst so much bashing of the term User Experience, I was delighted to read Robert Hoekman Jr’s post on Boxes and Arrows recognizing the weakness in the term but acknowledging it’s momentum and calling for it to be defended.

Why are we so readily abandoning the term just when the going gets tough? I am reminded of quote from Denethor, Steward of Gondor in The Lord of the Rings:

‘Yet,’ said Denethor, ‘we should not lightly abandon the outer defences the Rammas made with so great a labour.’

‘Much must be risked in war,’ said Denethor…. ‘I will not yield the River and the Pelennor unfought — not if there is a captain here who has still the courage to do his lord’s will.’

Well Lord Hoekman, here’s one captain still up for the fight!

 

(we should of course ignore Denethor’s delusional belief that he could win that fight – every metaphor breaks down somewhere!)

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