Friday, February 5, 2010

The Purpose of This Blog

Recently, I've tried engaging in dialogue with some of the folks over at Age of Autism, a blog purporting to be a news source for autism and supporting the autism movement. The bloggers there and commenters frequently cry out about how autism science is being censored (it's not). The curiously hypocritical thing, though, is that they heavily moderate their comments, seldom allowing comments that offer a critical or dissenting opinion.

The purpose of this blog, then, is to provide a forum for people to copy their Age of Autism comments. If you have posted comments at AoA in a respectful manner and have been silenced by their moderators, please copy your post here, including the date and time you posted at AoA.  If there is not already a blog post here for the article you commented on, please let me know via the e-mail link in the About Me section to the right, and I will create a new post where you can copy your comment.  

The next time someone talks favorably about Age of Autism, point them here so they can see just how much they're missing from the larger picture.
Please respect the integrity of this endeavor and keep your posts solely to copying your Age of Autism comment here in the above format. Posts which are blatantly contrary to this blog's endeavor (e.g., swearing, insulting or otherwise jerk-like behavior, etc.) will be removed.


  1. Hi Todd, this is a good idea. I have a suggestion to make the site more usable.

    Make a blog post for each AoA article & title it something like "Comments Banned from [title of Age of Autism blog post] [date of the post].

    Then the conversation would be easier to follow.

    BTW, I did a test earlier this week, and submitted the neutral comment

    I sometimes write a post that collates blog responses, both positive and negative, to a given issue.

    I'm keeping one now on responses to the Lancet retraction of the Wakefield's paper.

    I've added your post to the list.

    The post is at

    It wasn't accepted. I suspect I've been permanently banned.

    You might be also.

  2. Oh, you might also want to have a link to Countering Age of Autism, KWomble's blog.


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