I am writing a rhetorical response to a film and find myself often using the phrase "the viewer"; are there any ways to make my argument more direct without using "the audience" or "the viewer"?

  • Could you use 'we' or 'I'? – Tave Oct 31 '15 at 11:46
  • If it's a paper, they'll understand you constantly using "the viewer", especially if your grader doesn't like you using the first person. It may be awkward, but you don't have a lot of alternatives. "We" would probably be fine if it's not an extremely formal paper. "I" would rarely be correct because that's probably too informal. – Yee-Lum Nov 3 '15 at 1:46

The most "inclusive" word to use is "we." "I" implies a personal, not all-inclusive, point of view--which is not what you want to imply in a "review."

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