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.


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