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Common Reader and Complex Reader

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The common reader according to the author is a layman who, in relation to what was mentioned earlier, simply wants to experience and satisfy his needs. Since the Grand Canyon is greatly advertised as a nice place to visit, being there with other tourists, experiencing and enjoying the view would already be enough for the common reader. The complex reader, on the other hand, will not be satisfied by simply being there. He is an expert so he will be able to see with observant eyes other things which may not be even noticed by other people.

There is something that he wants to experience further, something uncommon and different. Therefore, he does not get satisfied by visiting the Grand Canyon unless he finds out something he did not read about in books or magazines. Perhaps he would find another venue from where he could see the renowned tourist spot with a new perspective. The complex reader is a planner so that knowing what to expect at the Grand Canyon, he will make detailed notes about alternative activities or venues for his visit. The common reader is also simple in his ways.

When he goes to a tourist spot as the writer mentions, he does not stop to appreciate the changing clouds that make different photographs of the Grand Canyon. Rather, he takes pictures of the Grand Canyon which is already commonly known throughout the world because of past photographs taken by past tourists and photographers. However, the complex reader will stand behind the common viewer and analyze what could be meant by what he sees. When the sky during sunset is read, the common reader might simply say, “ Wow!

What a wonderful sunset” . On the contrary, the complex reader will plan to camp and have a barbecue party because he interprets the red sky as a sign of a good night for outdoor activity. The analysis  was mentioned earlier. This is absent among common readers while it is a defining characteristic of the complex reader.

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