#IS6621 Out

As #IS6621 and my time as an undergrad come to their storied close, looking back makes the beginning feel like just yesterday and also approximately 30 years ago. Despite the fact that I titled my blog post on opening thoughts ‘Beginnings,’ I felt it would be rather distressing to name this one ‘Endings.’

If there’s anything you definitively never stop learning about, it’s social media. Opt in or opt out, the digital age is irreversibly intertwined with the way we live our lives. In re-reading that first blog post, I interestingly don’t feel my opinions have really changed. I’m still averse to how entrenched smartphones have become, and I’m still overly vigilant about my use of social media. The difference now is that I have a colored perspective. I’ve considered social media’s dark side, its legal side, and its intelligent side, and I’ve learned to think critically about its impacts in and outside of business.

As I consider myself just a few short months ago, these are the things I’d want to tell that brand new IS6621-er.

1. One semester is, in fact, not an eternity. One thing I wish I had begun to do earlier was keep a running list of blog topic and presentation ideas. Too many times (well, I guess only like 3 out of 5), I sat down to write aka wait for inspiration to tap me on the shoulder.

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I realize that “don’t procrastinate” is not the most profound thing I’ve ever said, but I will say that I overestimated the number of actual blog posts I’d have to write. After I started actively taking note of concepts I found interesting and worth digging into for a blog post, I realized there were some way more interesting things that I only wish I had thought to write about.

2. Not all content is created equal. As a considerably inexperienced Twitter user– I had an account for MI021 and one my friends made for me (and tweeted from for me…)– I definitely wasn’t sold on Twitter up until a few weeks in. It also took me some time to realize that for some tweets, the gold is in the tweet, and for others, the gold is in the linked article. The lesson for me here was that some articles were linked as the endpoint; others were linked as a reference. This didn’t really matter when I was reading them, but when writing them, I realized it was important to know how to use 140 characters to either share a thought and the best nugget of information or to motivate people to click the link and read the article. The difference can be a fine line.

3. Nobody knows nothing. Something I absolutely never considered prior to IS6621 is tech discrimination. In fact, this #IS6621 tweet is what initially brought it to my attention. So many times, I’ve instinctively believed that people my parents’ age and beyond can’t possibly have anything to offer to my knowledge of the digital age. Even still today, I often find myself more surprised than I should be when someone older than me (other than Professor Kane) has something to teach me about social media and the digital world. Having talked about and observed our younger siblings and the new generation of social media masters, I’m beginning to understand how my parents feel, and have a renewed appreciation for social media users of all ages.

All said and done, I’m glad I don’t have a laundry list of course concepts that I learned in IS6621. I’ve found the best classes I’ve taken to be the ones that have compelled me to think critically, challenge my own thoughts and values, and sometimes turn them on their head. The value is simply in just taking and participating in the class, and the best part is that there’s always stuff to talk about, there are always different ways to look at something, and of course, there are always snacks.

#IS6621 out.

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7 comments

  1. Nice post, Jenna! I love your point about different generations using social media. I have definitely laughed or rolled my eyes at aunts and uncles for questionable Facebook posts and comments. However, after this class and learning about the younger generations, I now understand how hard it is to stay on top of all of the options and to know how to use each one appropriately. I definitely agree with the type of learning that was done in this class. I always enjoyed hearing everyone’s opinions and being challenged to think critically of my own.

  2. Nice post. I’m glad that this class has helped you think critically about these things. That’s my primary goal. You know, I’m also surprised about how much I learn from you guys through this course as well. It continually teaches me new things about social media. Fortunately, I can take what you guys have taught me and bring it to the next group of students. And I totally agree with the “list of topics” for blogging. I ran out this month for my SMR blog and just about panicked. Much more stressful that way.

  3. ajsalcetti · ·

    Couldn’t agree more on the keeping a list of ideas for future posts. Many of mine were day prior sitting down and perusing the internet for something interesting. I thought they were good, but once I created a list I thought back on how much more enhanced they could have been. In fact I had like 3-4 great ideas for this final blog, only to find out we didn’t get full reign and needed to do a reflections post – oh well, next life I guess. And on your third point, it is amazing to watch kids through grandparents and how they adopt these technologies based on their needs. And while kids are intertwined and engrained with it, the oldies are dumb and have been around the block. They catch on quick when they really know they need it. True Story, my grandfather lost his license at 90 years old because his eye sight failed on the driving test, and at the birthday celebration he touted how for his 90th bday present he gave himself an iphone and his first action was downloading Uber. So we know where there’s a will there’s a way!

  4. Great post, I could not agree more with you! This is not an ending, but this is just a new chapter you are starting! I love how you spoke about whether you opt in or out, the world around you is going to continue to move forward. I think you make an important distinction that most people do not understand, that #IS6621 to helped me understand a little better. You have such good insight, and one of my favorite parts, which I have not heard about before, is tech discrimination. Literally everyone can contribute, even the people who have never used social media before because they have such a unique way of seeing things. In a sense, sometimes people who have grown up around social media have a tunnel vision where they see things in only one way. I hope that isn’t me, but I could see that being an issue. Also, preach about the blogposts, I wish I had made a running list of blog post ideas, it would have saved me a lot of time as well! Great post!

  5. Great post! It’s funny, as I read the first two paragraphs I was thinking to myself that I really couldn’t agree more with your views of social media. I hate how entrenched everyone (including myself) is with their smartphones, but I definitely feel much more well-rounded about my knowledge of social media and the ability to understand the business implications and the impact on society. I also really liked your words of wisdom for future students, and I particularly wish I used the idea to keep a list of blog post topics because I struggled with that as well.

  6. Great post and very nice way to conclude the semester. I guess you pretty much summed up everything there is to know on the “surviving tips” for the class. I would maybe just add that any topic can actually be brought up and be a nice discussion/blog post/ presentation. We’ve seen it oh so many times in this class that even the smallest things can trigger passionate discussions. A few lyrics of a pop singer, some new algorithm, new glitters on a “heart”, etc. Anyway, great post!

  7. Nice work! I totally agree with you about keeping a running list of ideas for blog posts. I would think in the moment “Wow – this would be a good blog post” but when it came time for pen-to-paper (or fingers-to-keyboard), I forgot what that brilliant idea was. And I agree with you that there can be some age discrimination in the workforce. But in my experience, it’s been not-so-great leaders who ignore the younger voices. As long as you bring value to the table and have rationale behind your ideas, a good manager will listen. For any business to be successful, leaders need to have a diverse workforce so that we all bring out the best idea in one another.

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