Wikipedia 10K Redux by Reagle from Starling archive. Bugs abound!!!
Although there's still some argument about whether computers should have anything to do with Art (with the capital "A"), there's a lot less of it now than there ever has been. However, the argument has died down a lot with the avalanche of sheer _content_ from Hollywood and Uncle Joe's basement. This wasn't always the case. In the beginning serious people asked serious questions like "can computers appreciate beauty?" and the like. The emerging answer seems to be that it makes a great paintbrush. A paintbrush makes no commentary about the quality of the work, but in the hands of a master can demonstrate the subtlest shadings and evoke the strongest emotions. The computer is a tool, and a liberating one. Your standard paintbrush also doesn't have an undo.