We should try to avoid the cinematic techniques because writing is different enough that they don't work well.
I'm pretty sure that words such as "zooming", "focus" and the like are not being used in this thread (and the linked page on reddit) because "psychic distance" (awful name, really) has anything to do with cinematic techniques (which it clearly doesn't).
After all, if someone told me to focus on a particular issue, I would never think of assembling a film unit to help me but simply make dealing with that issue my main priority. And if someone asked me to take account of the big picture, I wouldn't head for the nearest IMAX.
And on top of all that, the main benefit a piece of writing has over the cinema is that the writer has far more control over PoV issues than a director does. Just think how clunky many voice overs, one's trying to convey "the" character's thoughts to the audience, can be; in a book, by contrast, conveying thoughts is child's play.