P.L.A. - A Journal of Politics, Law and Autism
PLA is a fair and balanced Journal published by Dwight Meredith with a Focus on Politics, Law and Autism
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Tuesday, September 02, 2003
I have been publishing PLA for a little over a year. It has been an interesting and enjoyable experience. After considerable thought, I have decided that PLA is not the proper medium for the things I want to write.
Like most things, the origins of PLA involved a number of motivations. My first and most important motivation was a desire to write. My year of writing on an almost daily basis has increased, not abated, that desire. I will continue to write but I feel the need for a different forum.
Secondly, I started PLA, in part, out of the conceit that that I had some small measure of insight to share. For instance, I have written a number of essays about the Bush administration. The thesis of many of those essays was, at the time, directly contrary to conventional wisdom about the straight-talking, morally clear Texan who occupies the Oval Office. I have been surprised that much of my view is now shared by a number of observers and may yet become conventional wisdom itself. I lack sufficient conceit to think that PLA played any role in that development but I am pleased that the curtain has been pulled back to reveal the nature and identity of the wizard.
Third, I began PLA in hope that I could force myself to write about autism. I hoped that the discipline of writing would allow me to gain some much needed perspective. In truth, I thought that I needed to write about autism as a form of therapy.
As a form of therapy, PLA has been largely successful. I can now talk (and write) about things that were verboten at this time last year. Writing about autism has helped me gain a measure of acceptance of circumstances that was not previously possible. I also hope that I have made autism less of a mystery to others.
I am shutting down PLA. I want to make an effort at writing longer pieces requiring more research and analysis than the pace of daily posting permits. I do not know if, when or where such writings may be published. For me, publishing is not the most important point. I want to explore the depths of several areas of interest in an effort to find understanding. I may start a new blog, I may try to join a group effort (if any will have me) or I may try to publish in a different form.
In the meantime, look for me on the comment boards. I plan to post an index to much of the material appearing at PLA over the last year. After that, we shall see what the future holds.
Someone should pick up the idea of the Koufax Awards and run them again this year. The awards provide a way for lefty bloggers to come together and say lots of nice things about each other. The awards help strengthen the entire community. They will also increase your traffic.
Thanks to the many people who have found PLA of sufficient interest to provide a link or a comment. Most of all, thanks to the people who have given me your time and attention over the last year. It was a lot of fun and I am the better for it. I hope you do not feel that I wasted your time.