Harvard Would Make Taking Oaths UberCool…

Hi there. Whether you read this in 2 hours or 2 years, I’m going to pull a George Washington and cite the day/month/date/year/and time of this blog post. It’s kind of special.

For the first time EVER I, Amanda Crawford Montgomery, University of Texas-Dallas EMAC graduate student and Social Media Specialist at Social Media Delivered, LLC am starting my personal blog. Rest assured I’ll have at least 15 blogs (thanks to Professor Kim Knight who made this part of her Introduction to Emerging Media and Communications Class), but my hope is to make it last indefinitely. Thanks for reading and I look forward to your thoughts. Today is Tuesday August 31st 2010, 5:27pm.

I am a Sagittarius. The Sagittarian’s tragic flaw is that they are long-winded. So the first thing I am going to avoid on this blog is my natural tendency to be long-winded with the exception of the above introduction paragraph. That had to be there or else you wouldn’t know a darn thing about me. I’m in a unique and quite remarkable position because I’m very fortunate that my graduate work studying emerging/social/and new media happens to be mirroring and feeding back into my professional career and the career is feeding back into the classroom. So this blog is literally about livin’ la vida new media because that’s what I do every day. My life is about living and new media; most of the time anyway—

While I try not to take myself, or anything too seriously, I do take certain things incredibly seriously. I value being a good citizen, hard work, dedication, and education. And it’s a shame that business, and more specifically the emerging media field, in its history and event more so presently have taken a bit of a hit regarding all those areas. But Sagittarians are also relentlessly optimistic – thank god for that redeeming quality.

I wouldn’t trade my job as a Social Media Specialist or going to UTD for my MA in Emerging Media and Communications for anything in the world. But leave it to Harvard to making ‘Taking Oath’ uber cool. Harvard’s MBA program does one small thing differently that my school does not…
They encourage graduating MBA students to take a sort of a Hippocratic Oath, pledging adherence to the principles of truth, integrity, and respect throughout the rest of their lives professionally and personally. Whoa.

What better way to start a blog focused around living a life inundated with emerging media but imploded with criticism and disregard for its credibility other than by applauding fellow academics who took a stand to do something right with their professional/educational aspirations and go beyond the call of duty. By the way, if you’re looking for the social media connection, check out how they’re promoting it:
MBAOath Blog
Local Campus Chapter

So here’s to the founders of the MBA Oath! I admire them for leading by example and for hopefully planting the viral seeds amongst generations to come who will hopefully spread the message about how it’s essential that we all strive to reach a higher calling, serve others before ourselves, and help make the world better.

I’m thinking about writing a personal Oath for myself similar to the MBA Oath to recite at my graduation. Maybe I’ll even create an Oath that will become inherent in the communications industry and be adapted by my fellow academics and colleagues? When you decide to live life for new media, music, art, politics, education or all the above – wouldn’t the world be better if we all took an ethical Oath which confirmed we would uphold a standard in our industry and then acted accordingly?


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Caleigh B.
    Aug 31, 2010 @ 18:07:44

    I love the site! You did a great job creating it and being creative with the name! 🙂 I am proud of you. And, I think this is interesting, but do you think that they will all follow the oath? Because we all know that just because you say something doesn’t mean you’ll do it. Wonder if they will?

  2. missnesbitpro
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 23:15:22

    I’m with Caleigh. I wonder how many of those Harvard MBA graduates will actually uphold that oath throughout their entire careers. I mean, of course in an idealized world, everyone would be taken by their word, but nowadays it seems like that ideal has been lost.

    However, if you were to write an oath for EMAC graduates, I think it’d be awesome! Let me know when you’ve got it.

  3. kknight08
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 13:34:27

    Very interesting, Amanda.

    Can you be a bit more specific when you talk about the controversies and the need for such an oath? Try to remember to give us a few concrete examples when you are talking about such large issues or broad topics.

    I like the tie-in to ethics and look forward to hearing more from you on this topic in class.

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