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The Map Quest I Know We’ve Lost

Joe Camerota
1 min readJan 24, 2023

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I’m 39 years old. I remember mapquest. I remember having to print out directions. I remember looking at full maps before that.

I remember a time when you went to a place once, and you remembered it for life. I know it’s hard to imagine now. A comedian name Lance reminded me of this phenomenon tonight.

Because of GPSs, we only know where we started and where we finish, we subconsciously forget about all the in-between. But what we don’t realize is that what is true for directions, regarding the internet, is true for the whole internet.

When we go to google, we type in our starting point and then get directed to the finish line. And with technology like ChatGPT, we are only going more from the start to the finish line.

I know this new technology feels like it’s skipping you ahead. And it is. It’s skipping you ahead to the collective narrative. As the collective narrative drives the AI.

But the nuances that provide true enlightenment, require a bit of getting lost. It’s the nuances that Moses learned from wandering around in the desert for 40 years.

And in the modern world, we don’t have that type of time.

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Joe Camerota

Joe is a comedian, a satirist, a philosopher, and a spectator of life. “Be Ye Not Lost Among Precepts of Order” - Principia Discordia : JoeCamerota@gmail.com