And that is true for #IS6621 to an extent! We may be going our separate ways, but that does not mean the lessons we’ve learned are going to end here!
American author C. JoyBell C. once said, “Ends are not bad things, they just mean that something else is about to begin. And there are many things that don’t really end, anyway, they just begin again in a new way. Ends are not bad and many ends aren’t really an ending; some things are never-ending.” This quote embodies how I feel about our Social Media and Digital Business Class. We are not going to stop using social media and seeing the world in a new and unique way because this class is over. This is not an ending because our tweets, blog posts, etc. will always be out there no matter how hard we try to delete our information. Professor Kane has given us the tools to learn how to adapt and stay connected with the world we live in right now. So obviously, this is not the end!
We may stop meeting on Monday nights and having snack time together,
but we are always going to be intertwined with each other. I learned that social media has been the connective tissue between the multiple discourse communities we are living in; we have grad students, juniors, seniors, etc. in our classes all bringing in our own unique point of views. Looking back at my post from the first class, I was surprised to see what I said.
I started my first blogpost with a formal introduction of who I am, my major, interests, etc. It was formulaic approach to writing a blogpost, and frankly the safest way. However, I quickly learned that this class is anything but formulaic. Professor Kane doesn’t want you to think outside the box, he wants you to think inside, outside, around, through, beneath, and through the box. I was reading through my blogposts and I realized I started to get more aggressive with my subject matters and writing style. As the class went on, I felt less pressured to follow a formula for a good grade to challenging me and the people around me with ideas that had no definitive answer.
I laughed as I read my first blogpost because I wanted to try to learn and absorb everything that came my way, but that truly isn’t possible. There is so much information that comes your way and you need to identify the important information that is relatable, condense it, synthesize it, and implement it in your life practices.
If I had to pinpoint my favorite part of this class, it would have to have been the emphasis on innovation in the class. Professor Kane will push you to think of new ways to see a problem and take a chance. The reason I love that is because that is how some of the greatest innovations have happen. By trying to use social media in different ways, we can find ways to alleviate problems that we have in our community. Unfortunately if we are not careful there are a lot of repercussions of using social media the wrong way. If there is ONE thing this class taught me it is that you should have common sense before you send out a tweet. J.J Watt said, “you should read a tweet 95 times before you post it.” Clearly, firms to this day do not understand that simple concept. And let’s just say J.J Watt does not mess around.
To be honest, it’s a little bittersweet ending this blogpost, so I will end with some advice for the incoming #IS6621 students.
- Do every homework assignment in its entirety. The material we are given for homework are so rich in knowledge and extremely applicable to the lives we are living in and for the future. Professor Kane does a lot of vetting of the sources and only gives us material he knows is engaging and exciting, most of the readings are page turners!
- Be bold on your #IS6621 project. Break the norm and do something different that you have never done before. Not in a million years did I think the Carolina Panthers would ever tweet at me, but they did!
- Take the time to make thoughtful blog posts, people actually read them and give extremely insightful feedback. The people who are going to be in your class have such diverse backgrounds and you are being exposed to such a unique set of students.
So guys, this is not a goodbye, but rather a see you later!! I’d love for you to post your favorite memory of the class in the comments below!!
Jam out. (Literally and figuratively)