Final notes on a most excellent adventure!

So it all comes down to this.  One last blog post.  And I promise, it won’t be about politics (mostly)!  But up front I’d like to say thank you to anyone reading, to everyone in Blog Group B, and to Professor Kane.  This has been a pretty extraordinary journey and nothing what I thought I was getting into.  So here it goes, a few final thoughts on the last few months.

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First, I was a little unsure about the makeup of the class.  I knew that there would be a mix of undergrad and grad students – something I’d not experienced before in the MBA program.  This made me wonder about the quality of conversation, how my opinions might be perceived, and how our topics would be approached.  I won’t wax poetic, but the perspectives I heard from younger members of our class were nothing short of incredible.  For someone in their mid-30s, I can assure you, hearing your opinions and ideas regarding the content of our class week to week was very refreshing, engaging, and in many ways eye-opening.

Second, one of my favorite authors is Hunter Thompson; when you get beneath the personality, he’s a fine writer!  The introduction to one of his books quotes an old proverb that reads: “May you live in interesting times.”  Well, what this course has taught me is that we truly do live in interesting times.  Since September we have witnessed many major events in the digital landscape that have affected our regulatory environment, our body politic, and our personal lives.  Think about it?  We likely will never live in another era when a presidential candidate so openly utilized emerging digital communication tools.  On that same note, automation technology for driving, labor, and shopping is revolutionizing the way that we live.  Someone remarked during our course that technology is moving faster than we can regulate, and I wholeheartedly agree.  Even as I type, it is almost overwhelming to think of the number of topics we covered, companies we discussed as either sinking or swimming, and social implications these fast moving technologies create.

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But what is reassuring is being introduced to videos like Terkle’s TED Talk, and getting the perspective from a trained psychologist about how sometimes we need to unplug and take stock of the real world around us.  That, in the end, is what made this class important to me.  That through the haze of fast moving technology we still have a moral compass that redirects us when we see fake news, bullying, shaming, or negativity.  This is something that I truly value and is more pronounced in an MBA program.  But moving forward, this course, and the people involved, have enriched and educated me in ways I didn’t think were possible in the beginning.  Thank you.

p.s. also, robots are going to take our jobs, so good luck.

 

5 comments

  1. I’m glad you enjoy the undergrad-MBA mix. I’ve tried teaching this class separately, and it’s just not as interesting. On “may you live in interesting times,” wasnt that supposed to be a curse?

    1. wfbagleyiii · ·

      It is actually an ancient Chinese Curse – I had doubts about posting it, but felt it was ultimately appropriate in terms of our social climate. Consider my posturing it as a proverb my own contribution to fake news, duly called out!

  2. alinacasari · ·

    Great last blog post! I agree that this class was nothing like I expected. It’s really nice to hear that you thought the mix of age groups provided so many interesting perspectives. I’m a senior studying Business Analytics so a few of my undergrad classes have mixed with MBA students over the past few years. I’m always so interested to hear the differences and similarities we share with just a few years age gap between the groups.

    Technology is truly a game changer in terms of our society and the way we live. There have been a few notable industry disruptors in recent years (Uber, AirBnb, etc.) that have changed the way we think about different things. Technology is advancing so quickly that sometimes I feel like I can’t even imagine what is going to come next. I think the moral compass you discuss is something we need to be aware of and we should work to keep moral ethics involved as we continue to innovate and grow.

  3. skuchma215 · ·

    The undergraduate/MBA mix was definitely daunting for me too. But it turned out to be pretty interesting to hear the opinions and views of people a lot older than me. I’m glad you found our views and our opinions well articulated! Also, I definitely agree with the notion that we need to unplug sometimes. It sometimes can seem like the world is a very negative place when viewed through the lens of social media, so unplugging for awhile can be beneficial for one’s sanity.

  4. Simple but concise blog post! As an undergrad, I actually really appreciated the undergrad/grad mix. The graduate students provided a great different perspective while also being receptive to what the undergrads had to say. The TED talks are a great part of the class and much better than reading (blame the millennial with short attention span in me) and the Terkle talk was especially good! Great post!

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