Essential Questions About Discovery Answered

How does context influence discovery?

Context indeed does shape a person’s beliefs and assumptions. Thus, they will discover different things if they have different backgrounds. For instance, in the television show “Go Back to Where You Came From,” Adam had a strong dislike towards refugees. This may be because his father also had strong views on refugees that Adam is exposed to all the negative things about refugees. Therefore, after going on a refugee trip, Adam’s views were changed. He did not see refugees as criminals but more as people. Adam’s discovery became greatly transformative due to his personal context.

What does discovery mean for me and my life?

For me, most discoveries are extremely confronting and provocative as they make me think about problems that I may not even consider worth my time before. “Go Back to Where You Came From” lets us dig deeper on the complex refugee issue. An example is when I found out the refugees are not safe even when they are in the UN camp. It was there where Masara lost her baby and it was there where her family’s food supply was snatched by locals. Before this, I never thought that the refugees would experience huge problems when they are protected by the UN. However, after that emotional discovery, I won’t look at my life the same way again. Those refugees have it worse and it provoked me to do some action to help those refugees. This discovery made me realize that they are in need of more help and I could devote some time to do something for those refugees.

How do composers invite responders to experience discovery through text?

Composers can invite responders to experience discovery through text in a variety of ways. They can use the most fitting film techniques or the most dramatic word choice. This will evoke responders to feel more deeply what the participants in the television show discovers. An example would be the editing of some scenes involving Raquel. When she first said that she was a bit racist, that part was cut and was constantly used throughout the four episodes. Even though after Raquel showed some change, the composer edited some of those scenes out in order to make the responders feel the jarring discovery that Raquel made. After her refugee experience, Raquel unexpectedly discovered how nice the refugees are. Since the scenes before were about Raquel being a racist, the discovery was very unexpected to the responders. By doing editing like this, the composer was able to invite the responders into the refugee experience and make them perceive what the participants discover with a new set of eyes.


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