I am one of those people who seem to have the ability to cut through the drivel that is perpetuated by others.
I saw right through Daniel Jones of The Aspie World. I knew that there was something about him that didn’t sit right with me.
I have created two videos where I react to him. His content is truly repulsive.
His content is chalk full of sensationalism, which is defined as “(especially in journalism) the use of exciting or shocking stories or language at the expense of accuracy, in order to provoke public interest or excitement.”
He uses clickbait titles which plays off the very same theme, essentially taking Autism to a level where it becomes something fresh, new and exciting – at the expense of others. He also pairs up with other YouTube creators who have the same thing in mind. I recently heard that he made a point of insulting “negative” creators at an event tied to the creation of his videos.
2. Self fulfilling prophecy
He creates content to boost his ego. He can’t take critiques from anybody. If you tell him he’s doing something wrong, you’ll be blocked very quickly.
There have been other people in the #ActuallyAutistic community who have called him out and some that have even taken the time to private message him to express their feelings about his content, only for it to fall through the cracks and be disregarded. He has also written a book about a religion (he may or may not) have created and he also promotes his merchandise through his videos.
Edit (July 11th 2019): It’s also alleged that Daniel Jones is even more phoney than he lets on. User “yourfavehatesautismspeaks” on tumblr has added some very interesting talking points to the conversation.
Alex Watts is his producer and “community manager” who decided to send me this on twitter. It’s incredibly unfortunate that they will stoop to tactics like this as a means to communicate with me.
If you have the ability to watch my react videos, you’ll notice very quickly that he fails to cite sources for his information. When talking about Aspergers VS Autism, he prefaces it saying that it doesn’t apply to everyone, yet he makes generalizations. Autism absorbed Aspergers in 2015 — Four years before his video came out. He said he will be updating the video, but it’s not like he didn’t have the new information at the time of creation. I also am baffled at a lot of the things he says and he continues to perpetuate his information as fact. It’s not factual. If you can’t cite sources and you can’t show proof to people, you’re only as good as your word.
His videos are presented at different educational events which is a further way to perpetuate fiction.
He has also said that there is a lack of Autistic female youtube creators, which also is not true. Perhaps he said this because he’s not a fan of those who have challenged him and suggested that he change.
Emma Dalmayne created a video back in October of 2018 that I highly suggest you watch.
4. Preaching to Autism Moms
A vast majority of his audience seem to be Autism “Warrior” Moms. These are the type of people who generally won’t listen to #ActuallyAutistic adults in favour of people who are telling them what they want to hear. Daniel Jones has found that they are the perfect audience for him and he uses terms that are generally not well liked by our community like “WITH Autism”, “With Aspergers” — which I find a lot of these parents use. Plenty of them are Autism Speaks supporters as well and won’t hesitate to attach a shiny blue puzzle piece to their social media handles.
If you’re not going to listen to the community you supposedly represent and are part of and you continue to promote yourself with the basis of your content being completely untruthful, manufactured, sensationalized and self-gratifying, you’re not helping anyone.
I also believe it’s so important to give a voice to my fellow Autistics and I have done so in this post. It’s not just me who is striving for change and proper representation. IF YOU HAVE AN AUDIENCE, DO SOMETHING GOOD WITH IT!
I no longer utilize the term Aspergers in reference to myself as it is harmful terminology. I am maintaining the Aspergers tag on 3 of my posts so they are easily searchable, however I am not condoning the use of this language.
Excellent read, keep up the good work, he must enjoy the t-shirt business too much
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There are lots of youtube creators who are Autistic!
indeed there are!
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What I wanted to say before was “There are lots of female YouTube creators who are Autistic”.
Gender-dropping as well as context-dropping…
One of them would be GorramDoll – I listened again to their song Nonstandard.
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I think that the problem is that Asperger’s Syndrome was supposed to be a form of Pervasive Developmental Disorder without Intellectual Disability or speech delay by some medical professionals and even the public.
What does that mean?
I agree with you.
I am sure that there are people who have a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, even though they had speech delay, Intellectual Disability and / or both in the past.
I have an old diagnosis of PDD-NOS. My old diagnosis does not make any sense, what in the world is PDD-NOS?
I can say I have Autism, I can say that I have Asperger’s Syndrome and I can say that I have severe Autism and even severe or profound MR.
At the end of the day, they are all just Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
I can say I am an aspie,even though I have old diagnosis of PDD-NOS and Mental Retardation Unspecified. So? Why does it matter?
At the end of they day, I can say that I have all types of Pervasive Developmental Disorders and it does not even matter. I can even say that I have ASD.
“Nothing to do with his autism. I know there are people who don’t like the jigsaw piece, but it can represent for other things too.”
Which is true. The blue puzzle piece never represented autism, it represents Autism $peaks. Hang on, isn’t that the best reason for *never displaying a puzzle piece image anywhere*?
Russell Elliott said: “He’s been giving tips on what the difference between autism and Aspergers is and won’t listen to people telling him there is none.”
Correct. Aspies totally have speech delay and intellectual disability, in accordance with the discarded criteria for Asperger’s, right? (-_Q)