The User is dead. And "the people formerly known as the audience", no disrespect to Professor Rosen, is rather a mouthful.
Matt Adams from Blast Theory has a solution for 'User' and indeed the phrase we all hate 'User Generated Content' : 'Publicly Created Contributions'.
You'll have to excuse the audio as it wasn't made for this purpose; it was recorded at iDocs2011 with my iPhone so I could take notes from it.
Taken from audio unintended for purpose from iDocs2011, Matt Adams of Blast Theory has a solution for that phrase we all hate 'user generated content' ...
Adams' point is this: language has a very subtle but important role to play in how we deal with each other everyday. In a participatory culture, calling those who enjoy actively participating in co-creation 'users' and 'the audience' may constrain the potential of the co-creative process.
Updating my previous blog post on the need to come up with something better for audience and user,
from a discussion on twitter surrounding this post: