blah blah blah, careful when you step off the soap box, it might be mighty highIt was not at all inane, if it was you and your little group wouldn't be getting so hot under the collar about it. You don't have the right to determine what is intended as a humourous and what is not: your reaction says more about you than what was actually said.
There are parallels between the two situations I posited in my comment. You could start by learning about theories around mediation in art: you could begin by reading The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin, which is almost 90 years old and there's been plenty debate on the subject before and since, it's nothing new.
Anyway, I'll leave you to yourselves: I wont be reading any further replies to this thread, or anything else you post for that matter.