Political Socialization and Hyper-Reality Movies: Indonesian Films That Impact to Political Reality


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There is one interesting thing from hyperreality film for political socialization in the global, especially its influence in giving messages on the development of a certain aspect that has an effect on the world community. The film "Matrix" is a global example that has hyperreality value for political socialization in giving the message that if the computer is given intelligence according to humans, it will destroy human comfort and existence. This film makes our reference to films in Indonesia which have an impact on political socialization.


The impact of hyperreality was first initiated by Jean Baudrillard, a sociologist who is also close to communication technology. Hyperreality is an artificial which has simulated properties that can project reality by connecting the virtual world with the real world. Hyperreality involves a concept that exaggerates a certain phenomenon by taking action that only dramatizes that reality. This hyperreality reality is what makes various politicians a fertile field in attracting popularity and attention because hyperreality and popularity have something in common that has an interrelation and sensational reaction to the reality of the actions that occur.


Interrelation and reactions are two things that have concrete forms in socializing to get support. This support will later legitimize the power to gain full power. Support for this power is what is needed by the reaction of the people who want to participate in politics, namely political socialization. Political socialization involves messages that need to be packaged in a comprehensive, in-depth, and gradual manner. This message is intended as an action program for getting support, and sometimes this message contains the concept of hyper-reality for the sake of accelerating and engaging emotionally, because the mind has a slower process than emotional in assessing a particular reality. This action makes the dramatization of reality a practical item and always gets attention, but has a short term in real social reality.


One film that makes a dramatization that has a social impact is the GIE film starring Nicholas Saputra, Wulan Guritno, and Lukman Sardi. The film Gie dramatizes what is written from the journal Soe Hok Gie which has an impact on the current student movement in politics. The impact of Gie's film on political socialization makes students realize that they are not only students, students are a great force when they are involved in the constellation of political participation. This happened in 2012 and 2019, where in 2012 the demonstration for the increase in fuel was driven by students, as well as in 2019 the demonstration against the RUKHP and the revision of the KPK Law. The impact on political socialization on students is to dramatize that students are not about young leaves, but a collection of leaves that can give a certain result in the future.


Political socialization rather than hyper-reality film "GIE" awakens political spirit which is packaged in a romantic way. Political spirit that did not only conflict with the physical at that time, but through thoughts and mouths. The political socialization contained in the hyper-reality of the GIE makes it aware that political enthusiasm does not have to be shown on one fiery occasion, but a consistency in maintaining that political spirit in the process.