Bullshit Accusations Aimed At LeVar Burton Bringing Back Reading Rainbow
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04-06-2014, 08:51 PM (This post was last modified: 04-06-2014 09:50 PM by WindyCityJazz.)
Bullshit Accusations Aimed At LeVar Burton Bringing Back Reading Rainbow
I swear, some people are just assholes no matter what kind of positive action is trying to be done. So, this genius writer at the Washington Post wrote this article bashing LeVar Burton's Kickstarter donation drive to bring back Reading Rainbow, a kid's television show that was on PBS for over 20 years. The plan is to launch a new app version that will be available on as many devices as possible that have internet access (tablets, personal computers, mobile devices, video game consoles, etc.). There will also be thousands of schools that are financially strapped that will get it provided for free.

A writer named Caitlin Dewey, on the other hand, sees this as only some financial scheme by Burton to turn a profit in the article that she wrote for the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-i...ckstarter/

Apparently, the fact that people will need to pay a subscription to access the content is ridiculous and makes Burton some kind of swindler. Of course, the idiot that wrote this article made absolutely no effort to get any understanding of what Burton's intentions are. She simply heard that it would cost money to subscribe and ran with that as an opportunity to lambaste Burton for what he is doing.

If she even lifted a finger to do any research, she would have come to the realization right away that her accusation that the original show got cancelled due to low ratings is bullshit. Actually, it was cancelled because it lost it's funding due to that wonderful bill called No Child Left Behind, that has been a cancer for education since the day it was implemented. That's right, according to NCLB, only shows that teach kids HOW to read are to be funded. Shows like Reading Rainbow, which ENCOURAGE kids to read, while also teaching educational content at the same time, are not worth funding.

You would think that she would realize that in order to provide the content, Reading Rainbow needs to pay the book publishers for giving access to their material online, which is going to mean that it's going to have to be a for profit venture if it is going to give kids all the educational tools that Burton and his crew want to provide. They could have gone the route of getting money from advertisers, but don't you think it would pretty stupid to have some advertisement popping up about the new Spider-Man movie while the kid is right in the middle of trying to read a book or watch an educational video? Yeah, that doesn't distract from the main purpose at all... I don't know if that simply never crossed her mind, or she just feels like anything and everything should be free and that there is no cost in providing these services.

I'm sure LeVar Burton does more good for this world in a day than she does in years, but as the old saying goes, "no good deed goes unpunished".

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