Because of this culture of explanations, it is also safe in Autistisc cultural circles to openly proclaim that you do not understand a thing, or get a joke, or know what something is. This is not only safe but common practice. “What is that?”, may be a response to a pictorial post, or “I don’t understand the politics”, or “Is this real?”. The person posting this in an Autistic enviroment does not need to worry about getting flamed for being a n00b, but rather will need to worry about the number of explanations that may appear in the inbox if Facebook or whatever the social network is being used is set to receive individually.
From Autistic Community and Cuture: Silent Hands No More by Elizabeth J. Grace from the book Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking