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.

The name "public" originates with the Latin publicus (also poplicus), from populus, and in general denotes some mass population ("the people") in association with some matter of common interest. So in political science and history, a public is a population of individuals in association with civic affairs, or affairs of office or state. In social psychology, marketing, and public relations, a public has a more situational definition.John Dewey defined (Dewey 1927) a public as a group of people who, in facing a similar problem, recognize it and organize themselves to address it. Dewey's definition of a public is thus situational: people organized about a situation. Built upon this situational definition of a public is the situational theory of publics by James E. Grunig (Grunig 1983), which talks of nonpublics (who have no problem), latent publics (who have a problem), aware publics (who recognize that they have a problem), and active publics (who do something about their problem).

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Lawyers: Dispute over Van Gogh art in Detroit is settled

The Crescent News 25 Mar 2023
DETROIT (AP) — A deal has been reached over control of an 1888 painting by Vincent van Gogh, lawyers said, weeks after the custody fight created public buzz and much tension near the end of a rare U.S ... It has not publicly explained how it got the painting on loan, saying only that it came from a collection in Brazil....

Idaho House introduces late-session medical cannabis bill

The Spokesman-Review 25 Mar 2023
Because the bill was not introduced in a public committee meeting or debated on the floor, there was no public testimony or discussion of the new medical marijuana bill Friday ... Idaho Capital Sun is part of States Newsroom, a network of news bureaus supported by grants and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity....

North Augusta to get $391K for properties once reserved for Public Safety HQ

The Post and Courier 25 Mar 2023
Three properties once considered for North Augusta’s future Public Safety headquarters will instead fetch $391,000 for the city’s capital projects fund now that City Council authorized their sale. A first reading of the ordinance March 20 got a 6-0 approval for the 3.22 acres along Riverside Boulevard to be sold to Alcon Blue Capital....

Scoreboard: High school softball results

Billings Gazette 25 Mar 2023
... gets pushback from Lewistown crowd over charter schools, obscenity laws Critics say Idaho uses ‘smoke and mirrors,’ misleads public when counting wolves. Helena Capital 14, Billings Skyview 3. Helena Capital; 0 1 9 4—14;14;0 ... Helena CapitalHits ... Helena Capital 7, Billings Senior 0....

Delhi reports 152 new cases of COVID-19 in last 24 hours

Beijing News 25 Mar 2023
The national capital recorded 152 new cases of Covid-19 infection in the last 24 hours, the Delhi Health Department said on Friday ... Also, with no death from Covid reported over the last 24 hours, the overall toll in the national capital remained at 26,524 ... cases, to public health....

League of Women Voters can no longer rally at Capitol because of DeSantis' new restrictions

Democratic Underground 25 Mar 2023
Ron DeSantis is restricting public discourse ... Capitalizing on a loophole that allows for news conferences, the league on Wednesday set up a podium in a nearby plaza, where it publicly addressed what it sees as the state’s crackdown on civil rights, including free speech....

JEFF PRESTRIDGE: The cat's out of the bag - Labour are planning a raid on ...

The Daily Mail 25 Mar 2023
For taxes on capital profits and dividends are lower than on salaried income ... As part of his drastic plans last November to put the country's public finances back on track, Hunt announced swingeing cuts to the amount of capital gains that people can crystallise every year – for example on the sale of shares – without incurring a tax charge....

The end of long-term ownership of mining companies in “winter of crypto assets” | coindesk ...

Bitcoin Warrior 25 Mar 2023
... as daily working capital ... The company was the last fully owned mining company to go public....

Lights turned off at landmark sites in various Indian cities during Earth Hour

Beijing News 25 Mar 2023
Lights at public places and some temples in various cities of India including Mumbai, Kolkata and the national capital were turned off between 08.30 pm to 09.30 pm as part of the global 'Earth Hour' event....

Annual 'Earth Hour' observed in Pakistan

Urdu Point 25 Mar 2023
The "Earth Hour" was celebrated by keeping the lights off, in all government and domestic buildings including Parliament House, Supreme Court, President House, Prime Minister House, Cabinet Division, Pakistan Television Headquarters in the Federal capital. The lights of all public and private buildings were kept off from 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM ... .......

Delia Denny remembered fondly in Talbot County

The Star Democrat 25 Mar 2023
Publicly she was a trailblazer for professional women, serving as a cherished mentor to many women entering the banking business ... One of my favorite memories of Delia was a publicity photograph by a photographer from the Star Democrat when the capital campaign kicked off....

The Best Trade in Tech Right Now—and 6 Ways to Play It

Market Watch 25 Mar 2023
Palo Alto Networks in Santa Clara, Calif ... David Paul Morris/Bloomberg ... Beyond the demand for their products, the companies could benefit from consolidation in their space, as well-capitalized public players buy smaller, privately held ones that might have a more difficult time accessing financing after the failure of Silicon Valley Bank ... ....

Ignoring experts, China's sudden zero-COVID exit cost lives

The Milton Standard Journal 25 Mar 2023
“It wasn’t a sound public health decision at all,” said a China CDC official, declining to be named to speak candidly on a sensitive matter ... Authorities locked down Zhengzhou, a provincial capital home to over 10 million people, with no public announcement, even though they were reporting only a handful of cases....