Is the PC desktop really dead?

In the Edge World Questionairre Center, Mark Hurst asks if the PC really dead, mainly it seems in reaction to all of the press that's been given to alternative interfaces like Gelertner's Scopeware.

    I question whether the desktop is really dead in other words, whether the solution really lies in building a better desktop. Instead, I think that the real issue is the increased information, not the interface between it and the user.

    Some technologists are ready to discard the old desktop. ... These programs try to solve the problem of a cluttered desktop by presenting a new metaphor that could become just as cluttered.

Hurst suggests a more practical strategy for getting control of our information that may not lie in just changing the interface metaphor, but in areas such as education.

    We may need a combined strategy of better tools and greater education of users about the nature of a world awash in information. To be effective in coming years, users must assume greater responsibility for their own information management.

    If we could just teach more users to use their tools better, we'd be in far better shape than if we simply churned out yet more complex software.

I wonder what Jef Raskin's reaction would be.