What's the point of more detail in photographs when we already have too much detail? A photograph today highlights detail, forefronts it, spotlights it—detail at an almost microscopic level dominates so many pictures. I call the look "CAF"—clinical analytical forensic. It's when you see the crusty mascara on a model's eyelashes instead of a girl with thick eyelashes. I'm sure it's why people have become so passionate about big sensors, fast lenses and maximal bokeh—that's the only relief permissible from the relentless CAF.
"What's the point of more detail in photographs when we already have too much detail?" Great question. As I've been shooting more digital lately I've noticed that I'm suddenly obsessed with sharpness and detail and other things that shouldn't matter.
Zooming in to 100% and nudging Sharpness sliders around in Capture One is the least artistically productive thing I can think of.