I am nodding in agreement to the emphasis on people, but am missing the leap of assumption that a PLE indicates someone working on their lonesome prairie.
Most people who write about it start with either the use of different tools OR the connections to their network (falling into the other acronym).
And along with the words of dead white men, why can’t my PLE include using an LMS? Yes, what you say is true about institutions making choices for individuals by the boundaries of an LMS, but nothing prevents learnings from going outside the LMS for learning and they can also bring ideas, links from the outside in.
I’m not defending the LMS but am feeling the THIS vs THAT approach is missing the grey in the middle.