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Hindquarters of a snow-covered blue Supra

A useful neologism, dating back a generation now, is surface entertainment, coined by Toyota to describe the doodads and geegaws on the Toyota Supra that also dates back a generation now. (Much later citation.)

Red Supra hatchback, with flared feners, textured hood, smoked-glass high-mounted spiler, flanges around side marker lights

The term is useful because it is a reminder, especially for acolytes of the church of Modernism, that sometimes decoration is a great idea, sometimes more is more, sometimes what you need is tacky.

Immaculate white Supra

“Surface entertainment” teaches us – further – that giving us more to look at gives us more to look at (QED). Looking is important even if what you’re looking at drives away once the light turns green.

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