IA malapropism appearing in the article "Learning from the SIMS"

This is a snippet from letter I wrote to the author of this article. I picked up the link to the author from a poster on the SIG-IA List. It is rather unfortunate that you misappropriated the term "Information Architecture" in the article titled "Learning from the SIMS" to make your case against the building of environments on the web. IA is not a concept rooted in the metaphor of structure as it relates to the larger environment of the Internet and the construction of its nodes. IA is a process involved with the organization of information within information-use environments such as Web sites and applications. Here is an excerpt from a white paper published by Argus Associates, an Information Architecture consultancy: Information Architecture: The art and science of organizing information to help people effectively fulfill their information needs. Information architecture involves investigation, analysis, design and implementation. Top-down and bottom-up are the two main approaches to developing information architectures; these approaches inform each other and are often developed simultaneously. (source: http://argus-acia.com/white_papers/iaglossary.html) The process of Information Architecture was not widely introduced until recent years -- the term being defined for most Web consulting companies by the O'Reilly Polar Bear book, "Information Architecture for the World Wide Web" by Rosenfeld and Morville. So your statement that:

    In the first flush of Internet excitement, companies spent a lot of money on "information architecture."
is largely wrong and unfounded given the misuse of the term. I only bother to make this statement because you introduce your article with the above statement which is rather bold. It is most unfortunate because statements such as the above may plant a seed of misunderstanding in the heads of business folks who may come across this article.