Pass the paper bag

 作者:封湄     |      日期:2019-03-08 07:03:01
The Web may well have helped the world blaze a trail to our computer screens, but did it have to bring so much tastelessness with it? Tacky taste rears its tawdry head on the Web in the shape of dreadful design and kitsch content. Thousands of sites are cobbled together with no eye for design, ambushing the unsuspecting surfer with variegated wallpaper and illegible words. And the paisley-clad loon pants and Liberace brigade rejoice in bringing absolute tackiness to the fore. Take a look at some delightfully decorated cars at www.members.tripod.com/Richeep/objects/cars.html and some resplendent roadside creations at www.geocities.com/SoHo/Gallery/4899/frames.htm. One winner of a Kitsch Award has accumulated a menagerie of dubious matter and posted it at www.members.tripod.com/Richeep/index.html. Included are links to some 1970s TV shows that you’d probably rather forget, such as The Bionic Woman and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Fans of Roseanne might enjoy the Clot family’s impressive collection of elves at www.tackychristmas.com. No one is safe, it seems. At the appropriately named www.tackymail.com, you can e-mail a tasteless postcard to your nearest and dearest. From their fine selection, you can choose anything from a picture of a hotel designed to look like a typewriter to a novel way of ice-skating—involving a block of ice on each foot and a car. This site also has an amusing medley of “badverts”—ads that missed the mark—including one that encourages men to have suits made to match their sofas. Tastelessness demands that we can’t possibly leave out the now infamous exploding whale. If you want to see the results of what was, it has to be said, a rather poorly thought-out attempt to get rid of the rotting carcass of a beached whale with a pile of explosives,