Not Your Average Information Systems Class

When I decided to take this course, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into honestly. As someone who had shunned social media in the past, I always tried to protect myself from over-exposure as I saw participation as a mere distraction/distortion of reality and I didn’t want to have that time be wasted in either making me feel one of the many fill in the blank feelings : Anxiety, Fear, Overwhelm, Anger, Sadness. Twitter and blogs seemed overwhelming in the amount of content available and scrolling through all the content gave me sense that I was always behind the curve. So when the Professor Kane had outlined that we would be blogging and tweeting regularly a wave of immediate ire hit my psyche. What!? I have to tweet for this class? Twitter is useless!

Why Twitter Sucks – The over-think tank

It was already the last day of drop/add and the options and lack of time with a full-time job hadn’t really provided me much in the way of alternatives. What I quickly realized after taking the plunge, was that Twitter in the context of the discussion that we were having on a weekly basis in class was possibly one of the most fruitful and inspiring methods of discourse that I had available during the pandemic. As the world around us got smaller and our focus narrowed on the latest information happening about the COVID or worrying about our jobs/livelihood, our class discussion served as a number of different things. It was a community to talk about developments that were effecting the bleeding edge of business. A home to some humor and lightheartedness that was so important to maintain given the current circumstances. But more importantly, it made for a sounding board for burning questions. How will AI define the workplace? What can firms can do to be ahead of the curve? How will current cultural shifts effect how the workplace will look in the next 6/10/12 months? How can automation not be feared but welcomed. Through this class I stretched my own thinking and perspectives in more ways than I ever thought possible. The blog posts forced me to find new and creative topics that kept my curious mind searching/ideating/interacting during a time in which the monotony of work was creating a lot of mental fatigue. Writing long-form was also something that I hadn’t experienced since writing for my high school literary journal. It felt refreshing to have a space where I wasn’t just merely trying to reply back with the right answer, it was more about making people engaged in a topic and the story/discussion behind it. Reading other people’s blog posts opened me up to a new world of perspectives as I wouldn’t have found information on sports analytics or the future of healthcare on my own. Lastly, our in-person discussions gave me something to look forward to each week as it was refreshing to have human interaction and the chance to network in-person with our group members. As I leave class and the Boston College MBA program, I align myself with feelings that Ryan Ritell had expressed in his post this week. The class truly defines itself as a capstone to a modern business education. What better way to step forward in your career with a class that provides you with a wider lenses of knowledge, understanding, and way to look at the business world then ISYS8621. What other course forces you to think of so many complex business issues and gives you a framework to tackle this? I can’t thank you guys enough for being a sounding board, a source of sanity, and most importantly a sense of community and positivity that will reach far beyond our last class.

2 comments

  1. I agree with many of your points here. Twitter became a great outlet to connect with our classmates outside of the classroom. It provided an extra learning and networking opportunity. The point about writing long form with the blogs is a good one too. Since my undergrad days, I have not had many assignments that have required writing long responses. Blogging was a good way to get practice on that again.

  2. sayoyamusa · ·

    Totally agree with your feeling here! My initial thought about Twitter was just like you…it was not so constructive, and people were tweeting just for killing their time, but it turned out to be a great tool to share news and start conversations.
    Ben, it’s amazing you’ve made it through while having your full-time job! I appreciate that you were always stimulating our small group discussions (Group C)! Also, I’ve learned a lot from your presentation about Ethereum. Thank you!

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