Autistic Spectrum Digest (Autism) Issue 22, September 2015 - Page 31

The word spectrum has been used to refer to things such as politics, and this has slightly confused, and changed the meaning. Politics again isn’t actually a spectrum. There are extremes at either end, for example the far right and the far left. A spectrum, as stated before, is just a collection of things that are studied or categorised under the same banner. If somebody was looking at politicians they would be able to do things such as line them up in order of who has the most extreme views, to who has the least extreme views on a particular subject. This is fine, but not what a spectrum originally was. A spectrum really is just a way of sayin