Reading Age of Autism Part 6 – everything old is new again
Posted Oct 20 2010 11:09pm
If I had to take a guess I’d say Part I of Age of Autism was written primarily by Dan Olmsted and (so far) Part II is written primarily by Mark Blaxill. Why? Well, Part I is well written bullshit with a decent narrative flow and is full of new (if wrong) ideas. Part II has so far regurgitated the Amish and Somali episodes and I’m in the middle right now of a really dragging account of how Andrew Wakefield got into the game during which I have actually groaned aloud twice and had to put down a few times and watch something more intelligent on TV - something like When Stunts Go Bad for example. A decent writer Mark Blaxill is not.
Part II is also very much more heavy on the out-and-out anti-vaccination rhetoric and if I want to give a dispassionate, honest review I’d have to say that the differences between Part’s I & II are more than glaringly obvious – they’re more obvious than a fluorescent painted whore in a Kansas Church. Its a shame really as I have a penchant for well put together bullshit and Part I was exactly that. Part II is badly constructed bullshit. Imagine a shanty town constructed next to St. Paul’s Cathedral and thats what Parts I & II of Age of Autism stand together like.
So everything old is new again, its like taking a trip back in time as we see Simon Murch et al get introduced and the concept of Crohn’s Disease being marketed as vaccine caused being touted around as a viable hypothesis (I’m not up to the MMR/autism thing yet).
Now don’t get me wrong I’ve nothing against a trip down memory lane but all the hallmarks of a bad writer and worse editing are here aplenty and its really not much fun reading about how Simon Murch is the leading etc etc. I’m sure he is – in fact I know he is but I can’t help but imagine the uninvested reader would find this focussing on frankly dull fact as exactly that – dull.
So basically same old same old so far. I’m moving house soon and won’t have web access for a week (eek!) but I’ll be reading and note taking don’t you worry. To be continued.
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John Fryer Chemist:
everything old is new again
looking at the verstraeten episode from his results he manages to find 67 autism people in the USA from 1991 to 1997.
So is this 67 the extent of autism in USA?
That was a typo. Verstaeten was looking for "artism", which is defined as an persistent preoccupation with Andy Warhol.
Mr. Fryer, you seem to be making stuff up again. Which is why we ignore you.
Your fluorescent comment may itself stand out in this post. That said, if you find the writing in "The Age of Autism" to be painful, try reading "Callous Disregard". You can download the introduction for free. There is a semi-fictionalized story in that intro that is an example of truly bad writing.
As to "The Age of Autism", I was pleasantly surprised by the sections I have read in that they do not suffer from the extreme verbosity that the Olmsted/Blaxill posts at the AoA blog often suffer from.