"The camera introduces us to unconscious optics just as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses." In other words, the camera’s-eye point of view is a privileged perspective. It does show us things as they are or, perhaps if not as they are, at least it reminds us that things as we see them with the naked eye aren’t necessarily "as they are." It’s not, perhaps, so much a notion of privileging what the camera sees as real over against what I see. It’s a question of the camera reminding us—demystifying our ideology, in short—reminding us that things as we see them aren’t necessarily the way things are. The camera, too, may have its bias. Slow motion is an obvious bias, speed-up is an obvious bias; but the speed at which we see things may be a bias, too.
Distraction is the atmosphere or medium in which the shock of revelation can take place, and that’s the advantage of distraction.
Prof. Paul H. Fry discussing Walter Benjamin