[Air-L] trolls and Aspergian "sufferers"

Elijah Wright elijah.wright at gmail.com
Mon Aug 6 07:54:31 PDT 2012

> Oddly, the behavior demonstrated throughout this discourse closely aligns to
> cyber bullying, and on an email list of professional academics and
> researchers no less. This is not the solution; this is the problem.

Starting over:   Hi Tom, welcome to the list!  :-)

Tom - what you possibly don't know - there are several people on the
list with Aspergers or coming from some other location "on the
spectrum" who've been vocal about it.

I deal with someone with Aspergers-ish issues *every day*.  He's 15,
not an internet troll, and having a direct comparison made between
internet trolling and what Aspergers is like is just painful to me.
Being an 'jerk' or a troll and having Aspergers or other
autism-spectrum symptoms are pretty different.  :p

There are a lot of researchers in the area of disability studies doing
interesting work - I'm not really very aware of anyone doing work that
crosses disability studies with internet research, but I am going to
go ask a friend now if they do know of some - it seems to me that
there's a nexus of interest there that someone should be exploring.
You're right to point it out, and I want to acknowledge that I see the
value in having you point to it, even tho I don't really agree with
how you went about it.



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