The selections for “Popular topics” in Google Arts and Culture is quite curious
- Paul Gauguin — 372 items
- Oil paint — 5,870 items
- Shark Bay — 8 items
- Wassily Kandinsky — 39 items
- Renaissance — 12,200 items
- Post-Impressionism — 2,620 items
- Baroque — 34,700 items
- John Singer Sargent — 112 items
- Impressionism — 3,100 items
- Douglas Coupland — 74 items
- Temple of Hercules Victor — 20 items
- Emily Carr — 33 items
- Claude Monet — 217 items
- Route 66 — 18 items
- Paul Cézanne — 279 items
Most of the items make sense. But there’s some more obscure ones in here. Douglas Coupland? Maybe he has some major exhibit going on somewhere that is increasing attention to him.
But then you got obscure locations like Route 66 and Shark Bay. Normally, Route 66 is not an obscure location, it’s quite popular across America. But it’s a popular topic in the Arts and Culture? Shrugs.
Oh, wait. Now that I refresh the page, there’s whole new set of 15 topics. Google just has this set to display randomly. They probably pick very popular topics, and throw in some lesser popular ones to get them some traffic.