The time is here, folks. Looking back on this class, we looked at highs of social media, lows, the future, the past, and everything in between, and also current events and happenings. As a senior, I couldn’t imagine ending my 4 years here with any other class, since this has given me a great outlook for what’s coming in the future.
Taking a moment to look back on the stars of the ISYS6621 semester.
As a reality TV lover, I’m a sucker for some good drama. We got to take a look at plenty this semester. Firstly, I don’t think I’ll ever forget the incredible Justine Sacco story – and, since I didn’t remember her name, I had to look it up – turns out, no one else will forget either.
From there we’ve seen United absolutely fall into a PR black hole. From the passenger being carried off, to the bunny (?) these guys are still working their way back up. Uber, also, had a tough semester with ISYS6621, as CEO comments, company actions during the immigration craze, and exposes are being circulated around social media. These messages really drill into our head how important and delicate brands need to be on social media, and as managers, we need to keep control over what people are saying and how people are acting.
And trolls? We know not to even give them the time of day.
Like everyone else, I think I am still pretty confused and mind blown by the technologies we have learned about in class, and how they will affect our future. Artificial Intelligence, 3D printing, Blockchain, self-driving cars, and so much more are becoming a closer reality than ever before, and it is great to have some knowledge of them.
I found myself having late night discussion with my roommate about AI the other night, and I realized how much I had learned about it in this class. While I still might not be completely knowledgeable of the technology, I notice it’s use in the apps I use, and see the potential for greatness.
Sharing is caring
With the continued popularity of Uber and Airbnb, it is obvious the sharing economy is present and growing. We heard TED talks about the possibility of eliminating big platforms all together and that sharing economies can run our society. As people begin to open up more of their lives and continue to get comfortable with strangers, the sharing economy might just be what opens up jobs or provides income for people who previously didn’t know where to look. WOO!
Just a quick moment to say I’m proud and relieved that our class discussions weren’t dominated by Trump’s Twitter activity. Because as juicy as it is, I think we learned so much more from the implications of his actions rather than from the question of whether he should be allowed to run his own Twitter. So, thanks guys!
Also, we learned how social media platforms like Facebook can really shape our opinions and politics. So being aware is key!
I had too much fun looking for these…
Grads vs. Undergrads
Before the presentations started in class, I really had no expectations of what a mixed grad/undergrad class could bring to the table. The result – varied perspectives that taught all of us more than we could’ve learned on our own. I remember reading a blog post about dating apps, which in the comments section turned into a generational discussion of how dating has changed, but how it has truly stayed the same at the core. While us undergrads want to say that social media is ruining the dating scene, the grads (and prof kane!) gave us a little boost of encouragement.
I really enjoyed learning more about how certain platforms and social networking has evolved from the grad students, and wanted to say I think this really enhanced the class!
Daily Life & Future Thinking
So is this class “life changing”? Truthfully, I think yes. All of us will start to use social media different and be more aware of future digital technologies than many people around us will be. Not only on our own platforms, but in making decisions for our future and our careers, we are able to see the different implications of certain actions, and many directions we can go in. And more and more of these topics are legal issues that are being discussed and addressed in court. From going viral, to silly Twitter mistakes, to entire companies collapsing, social media is a maker and a breaker.
Lastly, wanted to say thank you classmates for always keeping things interesting in the #IS6621 world, and best of luck to everyone. Professor Kane, thanks for everything- this class and the knowledge you brought to us definitely leave me much better off going out into the real world.
It’s been fun!