...is that they are so frequently hacked. Unlike Bainbridge, who apparently has never seen the brain-corrupting influence of Time magazine on freshman composition papers, I suspect Time readers ARE dumb ... though whether many dumb people subscribe to Time, or Time dumb-ifies smart people who read it, I cannot say.
Regardless, as of this posting, the ranking system gives The Watchmen as #1, Snow Crash as #3, and The Catcher in the Rye as #14. Um, The Watchmen isn't even a novel (no, changing the phrase "comic book" to "graphic novel" doesn't make it a sub-genre of the novel; it's a sub-genre of the comic book); Snow Crash is a book I read when I mis-remembered the title of White Noise, and found it disappointing enough that it doesn't even belong in the "Top Rated Science Fiction Stories in Paperback for under $10 that Prof. Nokes Has Read on Accident" category; and The Catcher in the Rye is high on my list of books that should be banned because they encourage self-indulgence among already-obnoxious teens ("Society just doesn't understand me, man.")
Surely not even Time readers are this dumb. People readers, maybe. It must be a couple of guys sitting in cubicles hitting the "vote" button over and over.