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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... 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 ...
... 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 ...
... 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 governments, semi-autonomous ...
... 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 ... Also, in the public realm, there are often many scientific voices giving input on a single topic ...
... 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 Mexico ... companies include Northern States Power Company, Public Service Company of Colorado, and Southwestern Public Service Co ...
More definitions of "public":
- (noun): A body of people sharing some common interest.
Example: "The reading 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"
- (adj): Affecting the people or community as a whole.
Example: "Community leaders"; "community interests"; "the public welfare"
Famous quotes containing the word public:
“If human beings are to survive in a nuclear age, committing acts of violence may eventually have to become as embarrassing as urinating or defecating in public are today.”
—Myriam Miedzian, U.S. author. Boys Will Be Boys, ch. 3 (1991)
“Visitors who come from the Soviet Union and tell you how marvellous it is to be able to look at public buildings without advertisements stuck all over them are just telling you that they cant decipher the cyrillic alphabet.”
—Clive James (b. 1939)
“The slogan 45 minutes in Havana was not coined in the Cuban city, but in a Yankee cigar factory here.”
—Administration for the State of Con, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)