Thursday, May 5, 2011
The Onion has done it again, creating a "story" whose goofy fakery manages to say something meaningfully true. The article, Silicon Valley Town Pinning Tourism Hopes On World's Largest Website, packs so much in a few paragraphs: pitch-perfect mimicry of small town-boosterism, a perfect quote from the feller who "just kept building" (maybe he's a cousin to that dude who spun the Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota), and an aching wistfulness for a time that's been bypassed by the Interstate of Relentless Progress.
"After the bubble burst, we didn't have too many visitors coming through these parts," says the mayor. Now they're coming back - just like Route 66. So gas up the '51 Desoto, pile the backseat with "crossword puzzles, Spider-Man comics, and Mama's homemade rhubarb pie," and...
See! Acres of Java Applets...
See! Hectares of HTML code... and
See! the Scroll Bar that Stretches All the Way to the Horizon!
Oh, and don't forget to grab some souvenirs on the way out. "Won't the folks back home be jealous?"
(Image from The Onion; lyrics from Weird Al Yankovic)