Art created by focus groups

In last weekend’s “This American Life” (a repeat from the late ’90s), there was a hilarious segment on these two guys who hired a polling firm to determine what makes people like art.

the data, they painted what people want. It turned out to be a
landscape, with a mountain and a lake, and deer, and a family, and
George Washington.

As such:

They also created most liked and least liked paintings for each country, and the most wanted and least wanted songs. The most wanted song is bland and schmalzy, but the least wanted song is charming! It includes all the elements people said they hated in music: opera, rap, children’s choirs, songs about holidays, songs about cowboys, accordions, bagpipes and tubas.

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