Thanks to Alex and Gene, sanity has a voice in the universe.
However fun it is to make pronouncements about user experience being dead* or ontologies being overrated, we should know better.
Isn't our entire purpose of being to bring context to different constituencies within relationships - not only to each other but to the data that is manipulated? Whether usability practice, interaction design approach, UCD methods, etc, we vie for a spot at the adult's table, and our pontification propensity subverts that desire.
I, and certainly not just me, have higher aspirations. If we play our cards right, we may just be part of the next leaders of our still-fledgling web channel. Take a lot of empathetic practice, use it not only in our outputs but as part of our "sales" processes, and watch the pure business types scramble to find their third dimension.
I'm going to have a blast and hope you will join me.
*Grrr. PMe just had to post now with a much more interesting perspective that I certainly agree with. Thanks, Peter.