I really can't dispute anything you've said. Discussions about art are as much subjective as art itself. And we are beginning to delve into the metaphysical here.
Yes, people create art, the medium is just that, the carrier of the concept.
But let's reduce this to a trivial extreme. Say you have one pixel, and it is binary. Is setting it's state in any way artistic? A black spot? A white spot? At what point, as we increase the resolution and color depth, does 'art' emerge from within something completely deterministic? Maybe that's my issue. A PDA is so finite that creativity is limited.
Yes, the guy who plays the cymbals at the the Boston Pops is an artist - but his instrument is not binary - there is force, timing.. It's his performance and not the purity of the tone he generates, that makes his art 'art'. A tuning fork is not an instrument, but struck just so, at the right time, it is artistic.
So, back to the PDA.. For writing poetry, sure.. For sketching Zen-like line art? I really don't know... An image within as confied a number of possibilities as afforded by a PDA, just seems, I don't know, diminished. Then again, I am far from being an artist. I lack that sort of imagination and vision. I'm sure that in the right hands, a PDA can be just as viable a canvas as any other medium.
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