Friday, July 30, 2010
This Is Why Internet Polls Don't Work
The photo, from Roger Ebert's Twitpic Feed, shows two sets of the Top 10 Best Novels in English, one determined by experts hired by Modern Library, the other determined by popular poll.
Four of the reader's poll entries are by Ayn Rand; three are by L. Ron Hubbard; and the rest are Tolkien, Harper Lee, and George Orwell.
The Modern Library's list includes Fitzgerald, Joyce, Nabokov, Huxley, Faulkner, Heller (oddly not specified), Koestler, Lawrence, and Steinbeck.
Reminder: Just because it's popular doesn't mean it's good for you.