Bees, Butterflies, and Blorbos: Neurodivergent Culture and Community in Online Ecosystems

Brittney Hatchett (Brigham Young University)

From the historical infanticide of suspected changelings to contemporary applied behavior analysis and aversion therapies, the neurodivergent community has been subject to targeted and violent removal from a neurotypical-dominated society. In the face of this uprooting, the neurodivergent community has responded by turning to online spaces and cultivating an ecosystem where they can build a common culture and identity. As a result, the neurodivergent community has developed a symbiotic relationship with the culture of its online ecosystem, both influencing and being influenced to the point that many aspects of internet culture find their roots in neurodivergent culture and vice versa.

Part of 05-04 Moving Towards Neurosustainability: Seeding, Cultivating, and Reinforcing Neurodiversity in a Neurotypical Monoculture, Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm