I came across this weblog by accident:
"I agree that the computer has come a long way...but with regards to craft and ornament, the advances have in some way taken us in an uncomfortable direction. It used to be that you could judge the significance of an object--the commitment the creator had made to the object, through the amount of ornamentation. every swirl and bead required effort to apply. now with cut and paste, ornament is effortless and therefore loses a lot of its signaling value. (You used to also be able to judge the seriousness of a writer by the absence of typos.)"
It's an interesting discussion, with clear links to what we are doing with Scriptographer. (okay the links is so clear that they even mention Scripto : ) )