This topic gets a fair amount of exposure. We don't all agree. That's good. Life would be quite dull if we all viewed it in the same light. Whether created with a camera, paint brush, or other medium we are creating an image. Each image has a purpose.
Manipulation of an image can begin long before the shutter is opened and closed, or long after.
I visited a friends music studio once and watched a recording being made in post production. Using multiple channels and various controls a recording was created that had nothing to do with the original studio performance. Do we complain about how the music we listen to today might have been created?
The are differences of opinion on image creation. I think that is good, and healthy.The market will segment into smaller and smaller niches as it grows with time. Techonology makes many things possible. Imagine if our only source of artifiical light was a single powder tray. Image if Ansel Adams didn't burn and dodge in the darkroom.
Is this image a photograph (if printed on paper for the technical definition) or a cg image?
Does anyone care?