Any digital artwork is code but the tool that works as an interface between the creator and the artwork defines whether or not the product is art. In fact don't like the word "art", let's say it defines whether or not the resulting piece is "intended".
In a painting program, you control directly the result, how the piece looks like but fractals are indirect results of mathematical functions. I'm not speaking of craftsmanship, digital environment is the future but I'm speaking of the mindwork behind the resulting product.
I agree you on the poop actually. It has a smell like nothing else!