you should see the world of dinsey photography, mainly from the disboards.com community...They flash around all these over saturated slider crazied photos that, as you say, look nothing like it should be represented as. THen after they post them people drool over them there and on flikr (dont even get me started with flikr) declaring them masterpieces it makes me laugh as well.
vezon wrote: It make me laugh that people mistake artisitcaly "mutilated" photos with HDR.HDR stands for HighDynamicRange thats it and nothing more. Its a photo which combine light information from 2 or more images into ONE. AND HDR STOP HERE.