I always feel that the semesters fly by. Who would of thought that my Fall Semester of my Senior year at BC was quickly coming to a close. As I have a job lined up following graduation this is truly bittersweet. I have one semester left starting in January before I have to truly enter the real world. As the majority of my undergraduate classes while in The Carroll School have focused mainly on Accounting, this course truly stood out to me. I found it intriguing to take a class that focused on Social Media and Digital Business. This class opened my eyes to so many things
Professor Kane has done a tremendous job on educating our class on Social Media and Technology and how it has influenced the world. I went from someone that only knew about Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, to understanding the impacts and growth it has on our society.
I really enjoyed the presentations that Professor Kane had our class conduct individually in front of the class. Each student had to educate us on a topic relating to Digital Business and Social Media. Certain presentations such as the one on Barbour, were able to highlight what students do on campus and how Social Media engines such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can help their campaign and get deals and sales out there around campus. I definitely was educated on more companies and aspects of social media from these presentations. I had no idea what Slack was prior to this course and now use it for my upcoming job.
The weekly tweets also aided my growth. I found myself following news sources and tech companies and accounts. This has allowed me to stay in the know. I feel the first few weeks I really forced myself to conduct these but by the end of the semester it is habit. I feel I am so in the know compared to before and really am understanding the world around me. I was amazed at how Live Streaming was able to be conducted for the Debates and Thursday night football. Social Media and Digital Business are constantly growing and changing, and this course has aided me in understanding that.
Something that always scares me though is the thought of when social media and technology will take things too far? I remember one week reading a tweet about self driving cars, and about technology taking over for teachers. These notions ultimately scare me and I get envisions of iRobot and Wall-e. I know these are dramatized films but still it makes me wonder when will enough be enough. It also allows me to wonder when privacy will be no more. I mentioned in my last blog post in about 2002 my parents would never order online to give their credit card. Now we have credit cards on our ApplePay and on Apps and cannot imagine actually shopping or paying in a store.
I know my understanding of Social Media and Digital Business and tremendously grown. I used to just do the bare minimum, and not really dive deep into these facets of the world. As I see more and more of how they are shaping our world and who we are I am learning it is something I need to be involved with. It is forever changing though. I am wondering when we will get to a point where we will feel like the old people and there will be young people having to teach us like we do with our parents. I actually felt that way last week when I updated my Uber application. The app layout was so different to me I am still confused about certain aspects. I looked at my roommate and said, “I officially feel old and confused”. Though that was frustrating it also is exciting and enlightening at how at every moment of everyday something new and exciting is heading our way!