Our smartphones are helpful for recording a variety of events. If we're treated to an attractively presented lunch, we can take a picture. If we're lucky enough to visit a family member we haven't seen in years, we can record the moment. And if an ugly lesson unfolds before our very eyes on the television screen, we can photograph that as well, especially if that event is a sobering reminder of how fragile our way of life has become.
In the article, Memories Fade, Photographs Don't, I put forth the idea that we can use our cameras to prevent us from rewriting difficult history as time fades our memories.
Important, sometimes tragic events can be documented even when we are not there in person. I think this is important to help keep recollections of events in proper focus.