#Isys6621 Final Thoughts

It’s crazy how just 12 weeks ago I couldn’t keep it straight thinking about what week I had to blog, what kind of tweets I had to do, which posts to comment on, and wondering “Did I do my survey?” I do have to say, Professor Kane was right when he said “this class is not going to be an easy A”. This class has been fun and interesting, I like the alternative approach and teaching style, but it hasn’t been a walk in the part. At the end of it, I think it was a worthwhile class.

I learned a lot in this class, I don’t think it was entirely new material, but the class discussions forces me to think about the concepts and expand my knowledge and research around various issues and concepts. It’s amazing to me how social media is changing society norms and changing the interaction and relationships we have entirely. Most times, technology changes an aspect of your life, but with the onset of social media we are changing out entire lives and the future for our kids and grandkids. Hopefully that change shapes itself for the better and doesn’t hurt us.

It’s amazing to me how social media not only changes our social interactions but changes our buying habits, our perceptions about factual information, our political opinion, and most importantly our relationships with the people closest to us. You can be completely alone but somehow simultaneously be more connected to everyone than ever before. I learned a lot about the newer platforms that I don’t use as often( Snapchat/slack/periscope) but the part about this class that surprised me was that I actually learned a lot about the platforms that I do use too. I’m not going to lie, being a grad student, I’m not old, but I felt old hearing about some of the newer platform you guys use. Now I know how my grandparents feel about Facebook…

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As the platforms and technology evolve, I can’t help but wonder where this will take us in the future. I imagine that social media will be a core integration to our life at some point. Right now different pieces of different platforms come together and are important parts of our lives but I imagine some time of core integration that can’t be shut off, you will always be connected. I think the idea is scary, but it is a reality in the digital world we live in.

Finally time to graduate!! If you guys want to connect on LinkedIn (even though there wasn’t a lot of positive feedback on it) Please connect with me here- https://www.linkedin.com/in/sahil-maripuri-5a874242

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9 comments

  1. Nice post! I liked your point about how social media has an effect on so many aspects of our lives. It really is amazing to think about all of the areas in which it is involved, that we might have never thought was possible a couple years ago. As for feeling old when hearing about new platforms, I’m an undergrad and I feel the same way! I feel that new social media platforms are starting with increasingly younger populations, and I cannot keep up. I agree that the idea of always being connected is kind of scary. Hopefully people will find a way to incorporate these technologies without adversely affecting their lives.

  2. Great post! I definitely agree that going into this class, there was a lot of work that I had to become accustomed to. Although none of the work is necessarily difficult, the volume of tasks did seem like a lot. Like you, I definitely enjoyed the alternative class-style. I was definitely able to learn about new areas, as well as solidifying other areas that were not entirely new.

  3. Great job, I really enjoyed the post! I can definitely attest to worrying about if I turned in my survey and figuring out if I have been consistently keeping up with blogs. I am pretty sure I have been on the wrong week this whole time, but that’s okay! I could not agree more about how the class structure nurtures learning so much more than other classes with the emphasis on discussion. The way I see it is we all have valuable information, and professor Kane is the facilitator of our class discussion and provides valuable insight with anything that we speak about. I was waiting to get him on a subject that stumped him! I wish you the best of luck at in the future, great post!

  4. I hope that picture of the dog isn’t actually true for you! I think your point that I agree with most is the one about learning more about the platforms that you do, in fact, use. Social media platforms come and go and there is use in learning about these, but we must learn about the ones we already use so that we can more effectively use them. I find this to be especially true with Twitter as I had an account before the class, but got a new handle to learn more about the “business” side of it. I think this helped me greatly because I feel that I have a much better grasp on it and I’m learning so much more now than I previously was.

  5. Nice reflections here! I agree that at the beginning of class, it was hard to keep up with all the tasks we had to complete, but hopefully you also reached a point where tweeting, blogging, completing the readings, and filling out the surveys became much more routine. I think this is not dissimilar to how social media works in general – at first it is overwhelming because of all the different platforms and all the different capabilities, but over time social media becomes a part of out every day lives and becomes more second nature. While I like to think that I am “in the know” when it comes to social media, I am sure its only a matter of time before something new comes out that makes me feel old and out of touch. Congrats on completing your last blog post!

  6. You do have idea of what you are doing! The higher the mountain, the better the view. It takes time to adapt and we always end up adapting. Awesome reflections and takeaway! Feels great to see that other people has similar opinion. There was a lot of work and readings to deal with, but we always find the way. I wish you the best luck in your future!

  7. I agree with you that this class has not be in a walk in the park, but in a good way. It has been challenging but to the point of being able to push yourself, try new things, and learn a LOT. I also agree with you about the social interactions that things like Facbeook or other social media sites allow us to create. I enjoyed learning about the privacy we need to think of from your blog post as well as how technology has impacted the company you work at. Great post and I really enjoyed working with you in small groups!

  8. Nice post. I agree that this class might not teach as much “new” stuff, but really focuses on taking a step back and thinking more deeply about some of the changes that are happening around us. I always have a fun time teaching this course, and inevitably end up learning something new each time I teach it.

  9. Great post and reflections! Initially, I was a bit nervous about the class structure, but honestly, after I got into the swing of things, it kept me on my toes, kept the class interesting, and started to feel well…. normal. But you are right, it isn’t an easy A type of class, you have to work, but you reap the benefits by learning so much about SM and digital media as a whole along the way. Congrats on graduation, and I have to say that I disagree with your meme because I have a feeling you know what you’re doing and will do just fine! Best of luck!

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