Frankly this thread is a disappointment.
I have people telling me that cell phones and digicams are good enough for my purposes, and I have people telling me that the narrated images I am seeing on my telly are all I need to form an opinion. And I have people who seem absolutely determined to inject politics at every turn. Now I have some newbie telling me that there are other stories more worth telling, as if the idea were somehow limited to the green zone in Baghdad.
End of thread for me. Thanks to those of you who did offer constructive comments.