The other place this technique serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever is in golf. Tiger Woods hits a shot and instead of keeping a wide shot to give the viewers depth perception of the actual arc and trajectory of the ball in comparison with its surroundings, the camera artist zooms in and follows the tiny ball in the air with a close up. What the viewers see is the actual ball suspended in the air. What a mess.
Solution: An option within the channel-changer for classical wide shot camera angles and another option for the wilder stuff.
*Tom Green painted his parent's house at three in the morning. Possibly, his one funny moment, ever. I think he was on a ladder. They woke up, looked out the window and said, "Tom, what the hell are you doing?" "I'm painting the house! I'm painting the house!"