Plaatsvervangende schaamte

2 Jul

<blockquote>McCarthy gave a popular voice to a viewpoint that had largely been rejected by mainstream institutions – that the sharp increase in autism in recent years has an environmental cause, such as toxins in childhood vaccines.</blockquote>

<blockquote>”Jenny McCarthy is the biggest thing to happen since the word autism was coined,” says Dan Olmsted, editor of the blog Age of Autism, which attracts thousands of readers a day</blockquote>

<blockquote>Because Ackerman got McCarthy involved, Olmsted says, that view is “not out on the loony fringes any longer.”</blockquote>


“Plaatsvervangende schaamte” is a Dutch phrase. In his 2003 novel ‘Helloland’, Nick Walker defines it as:

<blockquote>This means a shame in humanity. A shame in being human. You see someone acting  foolishly or stupidly and you do not laugh at him, you do not feel Schadenfreude, instead you feel a sense of humiliation  that this is how your species can behave.</blockquote>

There’s nothing else I can really add to this post, sorry.

7 Responses to “Plaatsvervangende schaamte”

  1. Ed July 2, 2008 at 23:38 #

    Not much else is needed. I’d say you’ve summed it up very well.

  2. Patrick July 2, 2008 at 23:41 #

    Well as the word Autism was coined somewhere in the mid 1940’s it seems Dan must have a rather limited view of what is important in the world.

    No 9/11, Nuclear Power plants, First steps on the Moon, etc.

    As usual, mouth engaged withough brain being engaged.

  3. Ms. Clark July 3, 2008 at 00:03 #

    I wonder if Orange County is going to be changing it’s name to Indigo County now.

  4. Regan July 3, 2008 at 00:34 #

    On the other hand, although it’s not highlighted, there is a link from that story to the new OC blog, which has a pretty straight-from-the-shoulder interview with Lisa Randall, JD (the comments are somewhat expected).

    That in turn leads to a website which has a sobering story on what bacterial meningitis can do, as well as a mother’s description of how her two autistic sons are doing without DAN.

  5. Joseph July 3, 2008 at 01:05 #

    Is the Indigo/Crystal worldview also “not out on the loony fringes any longer” ?

  6. Club 166 July 3, 2008 at 05:38 #

    I can’t wait until the “Indigo Crystal” aspect of JM comes fully out of the closet.

    While nary an eyebrow will be raised on the coast, it ain’t gonna play well in Peoria, I guarantee, even amongst DAN acolytes.


  7. Margaret Romao Toigo July 3, 2008 at 14:09 #

    The title of the linked article is, “In the Autism Wars, she leads with her heart,” which is appropriate because she certainly isn’t leading it with her brain.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: