As this year is coming to a close, it is time to soak up the final days, hours, minutes and seconds of senior year. Recognizing how much I have learned over the course of the semester about social media, it is the last thing I will be doing in these final weeks. I want to be present and I want to make these memories last through my own eyes and not a screens. I recall last year when I was on campus during senior week and they had the ‘Senior Toast’, I was pretty much able to experience the entire thing through Snapchat. As I was browsing through the snapstories I was just wondering why? Why would you want put something as memorable as this moment on your snap story opposed to just enjoying it. A snapstory lasts for 24 hours… And you needed people to see that you wen tot your senior toast? Most of the people that would be viewing this snapstory are there with you toasting to the same thing. So why post on something that isn’t even going to be there in 24 hours? Why not just record it if it is that meaningful to you.
With that quick social media rant out the way, the only take away from class isn’t going to be to use it less, but to use it more effectively. Businesses are making strides in the field and we as consumers should do the same. With the knowledge from topics such as relationships on social media, collaboration and what the internet knows about us I know my activity online will forever be different. We need to keep social media as a virtual world and not make it THE world, because many have become so caught up in it that we have surpassed the point of return. Not to sound to melancholy but, we need to remain in control of our lives.
Looking back at my first blog post and the initial thought for the class, I was worried about the intimidation of the “This is not an easy A course.” It hasn’t been but the work has been consistent the entire semester. I think I like the set up and workload of this class more than having exams and a final. It kept the class always interesting and doesn’t create the big push to do well around exam time. It allowed for organic learning and not memorization or studying simply what would be present on the test.
Lastly, I think I am a proud new Twitter user. As I saw in the first two weeks of class, Twitter is a very informative and instantaneous news source. When I hear about something that is happening I click on my Twitter app to catch some different stories from different sources and usually pretty quickly find out what is going on. If Twitter can reposition itself as a news source and get on board with the every user is a journalist train, it might be saved.
Social Media is going to continuously be integrated into our lives as we have already seen in health care, politics and education. What realm with it infiltrate next and where will we go with social media in terms of devices? Live recording contact lenses? Might not be as far away as we think.
This is Jeremy Baldwin logging off.