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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Trevor Butterworth
A new book by Diane Ravitch, one of the leading voices behind the reform and testing regime that culminated in No Child Left Behind, now argues we got it all wrong.
It was too expensive. It lacked editorial focus. And for a digital publication, it was strangely cut off from the Internet. That's the obituary being written in real time through posts, tweets and online chats about The Daily, the first-of-its-kind iPad newspaper that is being shut down this month.
Recently, the news came out that Campbell's Soup Co. will "phase out" bisphenol A (BPA) in its soup cans despite the company's faith that the packaging is perfectly safe for its consumers. So why did Campbell's make that decision? Green activists have been bullying companies that use BPA, creating a controversy about its safety. Like any good company, Campbell's has a desire to maintain the trust of its consumers.
Trevor Butterworth, who wrote a weekly column for The Daily called "The Information Society," says the disconnect between the app and the broader Internet curtailed its reach.
"Stories weren't widely shared or widely known," says Butterworth. "It felt like I was writing into the void."