Is there a difference between something that looks digital but is really analog and vice versa? The former is described as photo-realism and the latter is Deep-Dream look of art processed through a neural network.
Is art better if it took longer to make even if you can't tell the difference? If it takes six months to make a digital image using a custom algorithm, printing and proofing the image, framing and so on, does it have the same impact of a photo-realist painting that took as long?
Art will always be always associated with skill using traditional materials (hopefully), but that idea might be devolving. Skill is a labile concept, and can change with time. The Steampunk movement is an attempt to perpetuate existing good technologies and skills, and blend them with new technologies, so as to ensure that they are firmly tethered to the tradition of technology. (10/2016)