Well, what do you think of my argument, Frank? I'd be interested in hearing.
I think that you make a good point - that the observation of life can get in the way of living it. On the other hand, there is Socrates' point - I think it was Socrates' - that the unexamined life is not worth living. So I think there must be a way of balancing all this. The journals people like Thoreau and Emerson kept seemed almost to enhance their lives. And I do think that the more citizens doing their own observing, recording and thinking, the better. Relying on "professionals" can prove so unreliable.
I appreciate the point. I would propose that "examination" in real time may hardly be examination at all, however -- and that instantaneous digital recording (am I even getting sentimental for "waiting for the film to come back? Hardly!) is also not, necessarily, the ideal mediium for reflection!Thanks for responding!