What is public?

  • (noun): A body of people sharing some common interest.
    Example: "The reading public"
    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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Some articles on public:

Uncertainty and The Media
... 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 ... 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 ... 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
... seeks to redistribute authority, responsibility and financial resources for providing public services among different levels of governance ... transfer of responsibility for the planning, financing and management of public functions from the central government or regional governments and its agencies to local governments, semi-autonomous ...
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 ... The degree to which information on Vajrayāna is now public in western languages is controversial among Tibetan Buddhists ...
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 ... companies include Northern States Power Company, Public Service Company of Colorado, and Southwestern Public Service Co ...

More definitions of "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
  • (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"

Famous quotes containing the word public:

    Mass ought to be in Latin, unless you cd. do it in Greek or Chinese. In fact, any abracadabra that no bloody member of the public or half-educated ape of a clargimint cd. think he understood.
    Ezra Pound (1885–1972)

    We have been able to have fine poetry in England because the public do not read it, and consequently do not influence it. The public like to insult poets because they are individual, but once they have insulted them, they leave them alone.
    Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)

    ... [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)