For my first blog of the semester I wrote about the unwanted and unwarranted opinions I had received about taking a class called Social Media and Digital Business. Now that I have taken the class, I hope to share a few somewhat warranted opinions on the class and what I am taking away from #IS6621.
The process of coming up with blogs is revealing.
In reading blog posts all semester I was struck by how much I feel like I know some of you now. I know @addisonbc2018 has a passion for fashion and that @danmiller315 loves sports and his family owns a baseball card store. I really enjoyed the blogs because I found most of the blogs we all wrote related to a cool experience we have had or something we are passionate about – Fortnite, fashion, food. I wrote about trust, Georgia sports, my GE internship, the Olympics, and the Global Goals, which I think covers who I am pretty well. I know this makes sense that we blog about things relating to us, but I still find it funny reflecting back on my process writing the blogs. Every week I would sit down and surf the web for cool companies or topics, but I always found myself resorting back to something relating to me or an experience I have had.
I like looking back at the blogs too and seeing the order I wrote them in because I think that mirrors my journey through class and through my understanding of technology. I went from broadly writing about the need for trust, citing some of the dangers or my fears of trusting technology, to finishing my blogging with writing about integrating technology into sustainability. I never thought I would continue to blog after this class, and to be honest I probably won’t, but I think the process of brainstorming for blogs was a revealing look into what I am passionate about and how technology intersects with that. I want to challenge myself to continue to try to think like this as I continue to discern my passions and interact with technology.
It is important to be informed.
I, as I think most of you would agree, did not come away from the class with a clear good or bad stance on technology, but rather a more well-rounded, informed view. This need to be informed has been a theme throughout some of my classes and clubs this semester, and it is a big takeaway I have from this class as well. Through each of our classes I felt this was an underlying message. Technology is complex and hard to grasp, which can easily be used as an excuse to not stay informed. I know before entering this class blockchain was just “too complex to be worth my time studying,” but I now see the need and importance of understanding and being informed. Not only is there a need to stay informed, but I think understanding technology and its implications is a huge competitive advantage. This class has been great motivation to continue using Twitter and to push myself to be a continual learner.
The wisdom of crowds is powerful.
This was the biggest takeaway I have from this class. You all are incredible people with so much passion and intelligence. I loved coming to class every week and hearing people’s unique perspectives. As everyone has mentioned, the undergrad/grad structure brought such depth to experiences and perspectives, and I wish more classes were structured like that.
Beyond all of you in the class, I found so many blogs or class discussions revolved around collective intelligence and the wisdom of crowds. While the class definitely scared me about technology a time or two, I think it also showed us the deep power of people. As I wrote about in my last blog post, companies are able to crowdsource volunteers to places of need in Africa. I saw this in @markdimeglio presentation on his app and the powerful team he has built around him, and in @walshqh blog about everything it took to make the Harry Potter video. The last class on the future of work brought it all together for me in that, while we need to continue to innovate and integrate technology, finding how to humanly interact with it is going to be so important. This is going to have to become a societal problem to solve, not just a technology or business problem. I now realize, while technology is hugely important and we must understand it, we cannot lose sight of the people using it.
Thank you @geraldckane and all of IS6621 for all the learnings and the spark to be a continual learner – maybe we can continue our Twitter thread under a new hashtag??