Charmaine Mai
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Ken Finton
What you speak of is the democratization of experience. Instead of fully experiencing, we record that experience so others can experience as well, but in the process lose and alter the experience itself. This has always been done by artists, writers and visionaries. However, the ability of new technology to record and share the moment as it is happening alters and changes the moment itself. Instead of being reflective and done after the fact, it becomes mimetic, a second hand substitute for reality.

This begs a few questions. How was this treated in the past?  Is this a real fault in the present? 

In the past, a division of labor separated the event into the photographer, the artist or the writer that recorded the event professionally with no need to experience it as a first hand subjective experience, as opposed to the audience guests who were left to have an in depth personal experience. That option is still available to us. Hire a photographer.

However, the underlying sentiment here is that we are living vicariously for the benefit of others and missing or not paying proper attention to the event itself.

Society handles this by banning cameras and cell phones at some public events. This is generally an economic or privacy issue, though, and not an attempt to create a purified moment for appreciation and respect.

On a much deeper level, each of us only have our own minds and thoughts in which to experience the universe around us. We learn perspective by studying and assimilating the subjective observations of those around us.

Technology has brought us to a new level. Anyone can now write and be seen, sing and be heard, photograph and share. This technology is so new that we have not yet developed a useable system of sorting the massive overload of information into something that can sort the mundane from the profound and stand the test of time.

To bring this back to your subject at hand, you would not be out of line to hire a recordist, photographer, or artist and ask people to put their high tech tools in their pocket. The event is yours alone to own and you make the rules. It would cost more out of pocket, but the results would be more professional and valuable to posterity.