Nicholas Carr has a blog entry pointing to his Guardian article in which he writes
“As for Socrates, it’s hard to imagine that he’d be pleased with any of this. We’re so busy recording our lives that we have little time left to examine them. And perhaps that, more than anything else, is the real point.”
But the movement most concerned with e-portfolios as a PDP tool would precisely stress the value of the reflection. Indeed, there is no point in recording everything if there will be no reflection, but Carr seems to have forgotten the point that unless material is recorded, refection is prone to being inaccurate reconstruction, with the inevitable likelihood of self-deception. And the more the recording is automatic, the less time is spent on the process of recording, the more time there is to reflect. Though ideally, the process of recording is itself reflective.