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Anthony Pareacutes Ushering Audience Out a 1991 article appearing in the academic journal Textual Studies in Canada I argues that in writing one must redefine the audience as an active reader in discourse rather than a static passive reader The title of this article relates to ushering audience out of a theatre of passive watching and into a theatre filled with action Pareacute wants to subdue the thought of old audience as a static passive community that does not respond to the text and restore it with a new definition Writing should compel an active audience and consequently an audience that is part of the motions and behaviours of writing Pareacute dedicates four pages to the extensive example of a Predisposition Report PDR1 to display active documents and conversation on paper A PDR appeals to more than one person in an active community - a judge must read a PDR as well as parents of the juvenile offender social workers police officers the psychologist that has made a suggestion the victim and the probation officer The PDR is a document that is not used passively because the above justice community must communicate to one another through the document Pareacute also uses the example of conversation in the classroom If audience is thought about in a different way a difference can be made in teaching Instead of a single audience - the teacher - Pareacute insists on encouraging students to read each others writings so that students dont see themselves as passive but that they perceive themselves as involved in writing Pareacutes argument for an active audience is purposed for those that teach writing and becomes a helpful tool for professors to use in their classrooms Pareacutes strong appreciation for the topic of audience is evident in his writing which effectively sells his ideas to his target audience
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