Due to this sinus infection I have being creative today isn't happening. However, I wanted to rerun this post as I got asked yesterday what my opinion was on how it's being portrayed now. I heard a mix, but one thing I heard that I had not heard yet was, because of the Big Bang Theory, employers are now expecting ALL people with Asperger Syndrome to be a Sheldon. So keep that in mind as you read this original post from February 2011...
Today's post is going to be a bit different because today I want your input.
Last night while watching a little television there was an ad for a show that was on later that involved, well, the ad sounded something like this, "Will the detectives be able to connect to the mind of an autistic son who holds the secret to his parents kidnapping?" The exact quote is not word for word, but the primary meaning is still there.
Now my question is this; Is the way autism is portrayed in television getting more or less accurate? Is it being sensationalized or exploited? Or is it being used in a tasteful way that could help increase awareness?
I don't watch a lot of television outside of news and sports so I am missing out on most of these shows. During presentations I get a lot of question of what I think about Sheldon on Big Bang Theory or what I think of the show Parenthood. I say, "I get asked that all the time, but haven't seen it." so today I am asking you what you think. Have we come along way since Rain Man? Are the shows of today tasteful without exploiting? I currently have no opinion therefore I am asking yours. Let the discussion begin.