First, check out this blog from Sean Gordon Murphy to see what got me thinking about this.[link]
I had a big long blog about all this, but I decided to keep it short and sweet. If you want some clarification, or just want to make your voice heard, you can always leave a comment below.
My current thought is this: people care more about the work put into something if they can easily understand how it was made. It's the reason so many people seem to prefer traditional animation over CG, why so many traditional artists claim that digital work lacks "warmth" or "humanity". Computers are incredibly complicated machines, and I feel that it's this very obfuscation that makes digital art less appreciated. I've rarely ever heard a digital artist attack traditional art- we try so hard to make our work look hand-made, partly because we are inspired by traditional art, and partly because it IS hand-made. A computer cannot make art by itself, any more than a brush can paint without a hand. If you have an issue with a work, blame the artist, not the tool.
That's my take at least, what do you all think?