Asperger's syndrome in modern media
After directing a dynamic and compelling conference roundtable at the recent Chicago meeting of the Popular Culture Association, I am interested in soliciting book chapters about the current state of thought concerning Asperger's Syndrome in modern media. Given the recent decision by the AMA to declassify Asperger's as a syndrome and add it to some level of Autism, many constituencies are actively pursuing the reinstatement of Asperger's Syndrome as a unique behavioral ideology. This has lead to many discussions and interpretations about media characters who may or may not be "Aspies," those individuals who have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Between Sheldon Cooper, Temperance Brennan, Will Graham, and any depiction of Sherlock Holmes, viewers are asking if modern media is sympathetic, mimetic, or promotional about the presence of "Aspie" characters in modern media. Writers and producers shy away from declaring that their "quirky" or "eccentric" characters might be Asperger's Syndrome personalities, while viewers declare that the same characters manifest the behaviors associated with "AS."
Who is right? What is at stake? Why not use the "label"?
All approaches welcome.
Abstracts of 250 words needed by 9/01.