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…
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