From the desk of Logocentric, Logocentric, and Father Mapple Moab Adzu III, Esquires.
We have followed the Roboboy controversy closely, and as it has heated up [and been stirred and served by Akbar Lightning] we have been somewhat reluctant to weigh in. Here is why. We do not understand the identities of those entities [which is not to categorically say ‘persons’], whose posts and art are at question, to have been sufficiently established such that we can speak of trying the case as proposed by Akbar. Before making any judgments about the artistic value supplied by the participant or participants in question [hereinafter to be known as ‘The Participant’], we think it is first necessary to establish the identity of The Participant. For if we cannot first establish the primary site of the artist’s work [i.e., the consciousness and mind of the artist as that of a fellow human being] then we cannot really have a conversation about the integrity of one’s work.
We move to immediately suspend the case of the artistic integrity of the artist’s work in favor of trying the legitimacy of the claim of The Participant to post, comment, or otherwise participate at globatron.org [hereinafter, ‘The Forum’] as an artist. Again, what is at issue is not the quality of the artist’s work but the legitimacy of the claim that one is an artist, when the identity of The Participant has not been satisfactorily established as that of a human.