2) Organize Hotwheels collection by engine size, horse power and slip differential
3) Order Saved By The Bell, The College Years DVD set (Screech rocks!)
4) Crash Generation Rescue Change.gov Autism Question (led by the one eyed king)
*Mark Blaxill wrote about the group of usually anonymous bloggers in a world he called, "the Wackosphere." See below. Click HERE to read the Age of Autism post on GR's message to Change.gov that provoked the Wacko's to action.
(Read his full post Autism Serious Science and the Wackosphere HERE.) Here's a snippet. These same folks are taking time out of their lives to crash a question/request to our new administration.
Like the game players in Second Life, in the autism world avatars often carry colorful names. There are “oracles” and “divas,” cartoon characters and doo-wop song references. Invariably they are aggressive and, with unfortunate frequency, they carry their games into the real world. Indeed, many of these avatars want to enter directly into the scientific controversies surrounding autism and mix things up. Often connected with the so-called “neurodiversity” movement, many of these game players seem to define themselves by their own “autism” (although they seem plenty verbal and show a skill for shading the truth that our autistic kids would find many levels beyond their capacity to deceive). But unlike people that engage in the blogosphere using their real names and identities, these avatars all have one thing in common.
Most of us have learned the old saying, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it.” Of course, few ever live by that motto, and frankly the world needs people to debate and disagree, and sometimes that happens in ways that are just plain disagreeable. But when real people make the choice to express criticism or anger, they are constrained in their choices by the knowledge that their personal lives and reputations stand behind their words. If they make errors, or overstep the norms of civil society, their real world lives can suffer. When they ask to be heard and respected in a debate, their words are subject to the filtering we always apply when evaluating a comment from a real person. Is this person a reliable witness? Do they have a personal interest in a given outcome? Have they made valuable past contributions? In short, is this person a serious contributor or a wacko?
Without the normal constraints and filters that apply to real life, even when it plays out over the Internet, the nature and quality of the discourse degrades. In a very real and noxious way, we’re seeing this degradation playing out in the autism world. I propose a name for the mutant child of the blogosphere, the one that’s populated by cowardly avatars with no real life against which others can calibrate their contributions. Let’s call it what it is, not the blogosphere, but the wackosphere.
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