I watched a flashmob video of a group dancing to “Dancing in the Street” which lead to me clicking on a sponsored dance of 100 girls (or showgirls) dancing to Beyonce’s “All the Single Ladies” in London. One thing that was very apparent was the amount of cameras that just showed up in people’s hands recording the event that is happening to them. Instead of watching the performance, they were watching the performance on the screen of their camera. This sort of reminded me of a friend of mine who I went out to see a fireworks display held annually in our city and she wanted to record it but didn’t know how to work the camera properly. So I took it out of her hands and set it up so it could. She felt a bit guilty that I had to take up cameraman duties and said I don’t have to do it, but stubborn as I am I said “No, I can do it, just watch the show.” It was a small bump that didn’t ruin the experience but it stuck with me.
Basically I’m wondering if any of you guys ever just pull out a camera, or cameraphone and just start recording some event happening before your eyes rather than just sit there and enjoy the experience. Or are you just there looking at the event through your viewfinder to keep it steady so you can record it, just like the possible dozens of other people also doing so. I could understand this decades ago because back then having a camcorder was a luxury and being able to record was for special personal events. I also understand personal things like recitals and such. But now with the ease of access and portability, does it even matter for larger more public events? Couldn’t you just rely on the dozens if not hundreds of people to record the video and just reference it to any number of video sites?
I suppose this thread can evolve into a Luddite topic about how technology usually reserved for home personal use is more commonly used outside of the office and home setting and in real life.