Midnight Construction

The producers of the movie Go Back to Where You Came From aimed to show its audience that life is not always easy. Life is full of discoveries and they wanted to open the audience’s minds regarding the lives in this world.

In the second episode of Go Back to Where You Came From, the participants are ordered to go to Malaysia where there are thousands of refugees living there. They slept on a refugee camp for several days where there is only one bathroom for over 50 people, whether they are men women or children. All of the participants have to blend in with the refugees and live in the same building as they are. They are forced to sleep together with the refugees in small spaces without any pedestal. During the days there, the participants are grouped into two groups, women and mens. All the women have to work as teachers for the kids in the refugee camp, while all the men have to work in a open field where other refugees work. Refugees are forbidden to work in Malaysia, so they are forced to work illegally as construction laborer or peasant. All of the participant have to experienced all of these activities so that they can feel what it is like to live as refugees. From the refugee camp, the participant are brought to an institution that work as an exterminator of refugees. So after experiencing the hard life of refugees, all of the participants have to be the one who catch and arrest them. It is very interesting, how the producers shows the participant’s emotions during this episodes.

Go Back to Where You Came From is truly a unique TV show. It helps people to open their mind and eyes, to see the bigger picture of the world and how people survive to live. Through the second episode, the producer showed that all the participants are discovering. Raquel, one of the participant, is one of the most protrude participant due to her behavior. She develops that life is not always as easy as she thought. She realized that the world is full of people that came from different backgrounds and she have to be able to accept them. Racism is not an answer to her problems. She develop herself into chum with foreign people, even African. In this world, there are many people like Raquel. This movie helps them to realize that life is not always easy and we have to appreciate God’s gifts.

After watching the second episode of Go Back to Where You Came From, I valued my life better. I can reflect and be more appreciative towards all the blessing that has been given by God. I can also spread more love to my family, friends, and more especially to those who are in need of affection.


Process of Discovery

The producers of Go Back to Where You Came From shape a responder’s process of discovery by manipulating the audience through form and language.

The program very consciously manipulates the conventions of the filmic genres available to elicit particular reactions. Audience manipulation occurs from the opening. This can be seen where the narrator stated “from Day One their beliefs were challenged”, and “Tonight the immersion gets bolder”. Audience manipulation also occurs through the edited comments from participants as well as through the camera. The camera angle during particular scenes of the show showing hand held jumping as it follows the participants around catching refugees in Malaysia. There were also point of view shots when following participants and looking out bus window, quick movement and editing between people, etc. The camera’s angle (high and low shots) were also used by the producers to show refugees on floor and looking up to enhance the situation where the refugee lives more clearly to the responder. This manipulation also occurs through the editing of scenes. This was shown during the scenes where it showed conflict and reactions by fast editing from one person to another. This also can be seen during the editing of the wealthy city against the slums. These factors can affect and shape the responder’s process of discovery.

Other than these things above, there are several more techniques used by the producers to shape the responder’s process of discovery. Questions are one of the language features used in the program. By asking questions during the program, the producer allowed the audience to relate as their own questions about the issue being asked. Second feature is labels. The producer use labels to emphasize how people label something represents their value. It shows stereotypes. Connotation are also used to show the emotions than carry the impact of a word beyond its dictionary definition. In this text, metaphors and cliches are very effective to be used because they connect with the audience, not stand out as necessary figurative language, and typical in everyday speech. Short statements that make wise statements about life or also called as proverbs are used by the producer to emphasize the important life lessons showed in the program. The last language feature used  in the program is colloquial language which is the natural, everyday speech including the use of expletives.

The language features used by the producer of Go Back to Where You Came From to shape the responder’s process of discovery includes the use of questions, labels, connotations, metaphors, cliches, proverbs, colloquial language, camera angle, edited scenes, edited comments, etc. These techniques are being used to ease the responder in getting the messages given by he producer of the program.

Tujuan Hidup

Banyak orang berpendapat bahwa perempuan sebaiknya tidak berpendidikan terlalu tinggi karena akan sulit mencari suami. Akan tetapi, apakah pernyataan tersebut sepenuhnya benar? Saya akan berbagi pendapat melalui sudut pandang yang berbeda.

Di era yang sudah moderen ini, dapat dilihat bahwa banyak perempuan yang membangun karir mereka sendiri dan hal tersebut tentunya membutuhkan tingkat inteljen yang cukup tinggi. Sudah tidak sedikit keluarga yang kedua orang tua nya bekernya untuk mencari nafkah dan ada pula perkara dimana sang suami menjadi suami rumah tangga dan istri lah yang menjadi tulang punggung keluarga dalam hal finansial. Hal ini bukan lah hal yang istimewa dimata banyak orang sekarang ini dan hal ini pula lah yang membuat saya untuk memiliki sudut pandang yang berbeda dari kebanyakan orang yang menyatakan bahwa perempuan sebaiknya tidak berpendidikan terlalu tinggi agar mudah mendapat suami. Sebagai salah satu contoh adalah Kate Middleton, prinses yang telah mendapat gelar Duches of Cambridge di Inggris, isteri dari Pangeran William. Kate tidak berasal dari keluarga bangsawan, melainkan berasal dari keluarga biasa. Karena ia menjunjung pendidikan yang tinggi di St. Andrews University yang termasuk 20 universitas terbaik di dunia, Kate berhasil menemukan pasangan hidupnya, William, seorang pangeran di Inggris. Tanpa pendidikan yang tinggi, Kate tidak akan berhasil menemukan pasangan hidupnya yang juga merupakan orang terpelajar dan dihormati oleh seluruh dunia. Ia tidak akan berhasil menemukan sosok seorang suami yang pintar, menawan, dan berkelas.

Maka itu, pernyataan bahwa perempuan yang tidak berpendidikan tinggi akan lebih mudah mendapat suami tidak sepenuhnya benar. Banyak di luar sana, yang justru mendapatkan pasangan hidupnya saat sedang menuntut pendidikan yang tinggi, seperti Kate. Berpendidikan tinggi atau tidak, tidak boleh didasarkan oleh kemudahan mencari suami. Seseorang yang ingin menjenjang pendidikan yang tinggi tidak boleh dihalangi dengan alasan sulit mendapat suami, karena hal tersebut akan merubah tujuan hidup individu tersebut. Dari yang tadinya bertujuan untuk menjadi seorang yang terpelajar dan sukses, menjadi mencari suami.