What is public?

  • (adj): Not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole.
    Example: "The public good"; "public libraries"; "public funds"; "public parks"; "a public scandal"; "public gardens"; "performers and members of royal families are public figures"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Public

In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such groupings. This is a different concept to the sociological concept of the Öffentlichkeit or public sphere. The concept of a public has also been defined in political science, psychology, marketing, and advertising. In public relations and communication science, it is one of the more ambiguous concepts in the field. Although it has definitions in the theory of the field that have been formulated from the early 20th century onwards, it has suffered in more recent years from being blurred, as a result of conflation of the idea of a public with the notions of audience, market segment, community, constituency, and stakeholder.

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Xcel Energy
... is a public utility company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, serving more than 3.3 million electric customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers in eight states Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New ... Operating companies include Northern States Power Company, Public Service Company of Colorado, and Southwestern Public Service Co ...
Uncertainty and The Media
... science in general, is often interpreted much differently in the public sphere than in the scientific community ... This is due in part to the diversity of the public audience, and the tendency for scientists to misunderstand lay audiences and therefore not communicate ideas clearly and effectively ... Also, in the public realm, there are often many scientific voices giving input on a single topic ...
Zookeeper
... They may also be involved in scientific research or public education, such as conducting tours and answering questions ... zoo animals that are kept in captivity for conservation or to be displayed to the public ... Zoos are open to the public and are visited by all varieties of people and ages, and zookeepers must also entertain and inform the zoo’s visitors ...
Decentralised Governance - Administrative Decentralization
... authority, responsibility and financial resources for providing public services among different levels of governance ... It is the transfer of responsibility for the planning, financing and management of public functions from the central government or regional governments and its agencies to local ...
Tibetan Buddhism - General Methods of Practice - Esotericism
... A depiction of a mandala may be less public than that of a deity ... That of a higher tantric deity may be less public than that of a lower ... degree to which information on Vajrayāna is now public in western languages is controversial among Tibetan Buddhists ...

More definitions of "public":

  • (noun): A body of people sharing some common interest.
    Example: "The reading public"
  • (adj): Affecting the people or community as a whole.
    Example: "Community leaders"; "community interests"; "the public welfare"
  • (noun): People in general considered as a whole.
    Example: "He is a hero in the eyes of the public"
    Synonyms: populace, world

Famous quotes containing the word public:

    ... [the] special relation of women to children, in which the heart of the world has always felt there was something sacred, serves to impress upon women certain tendencies, to endow them with certain virtues ... which will render them of special value in public affairs.
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842–1906)

    All significant truths are private truths. As they become public they cease to become truths; they become facts, or at best, part of the public character; or at worst, catchwords.
    —T.S. (Thomas Stearns)

    The rumor of a great city goes out beyond its borders, to all the latitudes of the known earth. The city becomes an emblem in remote minds; apart from the tangible export of goods and men, it exerts its cultural instrumentality in a thousand phases.
    In New York City, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)