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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G-bonds vs access to capital

The Saigon Times 28 May 2023
As public investment projects were barely moving, the amount of capital ... In late 2022, the State Treasury remarked that the central budget revenue was high while disbursed capital for public investment from the central State budget remained low, resulting in a high cash balance....


The Record 28 May 2023
The public is cordially invited ... Capital Region Social Happenings & Singles Outreach Services Events ... YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc., located at 21 First St ... The Albany County Airport Authority will hold a Capital Improvements Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 31 at 12.00 noon ... Public welcome ... Public welcome ... Public Welcome ... Public welcome....

More than 40 Russian drones downed in wave of attacks on Ukrainian capital, Kyiv says

The Times & Democrat 28 May 2023
(CNN) — A wave of Russian drone attacks on the Ukrainian capital left two people dead and sparked fires around the city, officials in Kyiv said early Sunday ... Falling drone debris also sparked fires in buildings across the capital, the mayor said on Telegram ... Orangeburg Department of Public Safety....

10 most popular names and nicknames of St. Petersburg

Beijing News 28 May 2023
this was a unique precedent when a capital of one state for nine years was formally relocated on the territory of another state ... Petersburg was designed according to the European city-building image of a capital, a port city ... Being the capital, St ... The Northern, as well as Cultural, Capital ... Its status as the capital "moved" from St....

Why is R capital in AbRam? SRK reveals the reason

The Siasat Daily 28 May 2023
Since then, the little Khan has become a paparazzi favourite, but one aspect of his name has piqued the public’s interest why is the ‘R’ in AbRam capitalized? Fortunately, Shah Rukh’s answer not only displayed his cleverness but also revealed a deeper meaning behind his son’s name....

Upcoming calendar

The Record 28 May 2023
The exhibit is free and open to the public ... Capital Region Social Happenings & Singles Outreach Services Events ... Public welcome ... Since the creation of its Urban Greening program in 1989, Capital Roots has planted thousands of trees and implemented many public landscaping projects throughout New York’s Capital Region ... COHOES PUBLIC LIBRARY....

Iowa sees increases in distracted driving crashes, highway fatalities

Charles City Press 28 May 2023
Metro Image Library By Jay Waagmeester, Iowa Capital Dispatch ... — Iowa Capital Dispatch is part of States Newsroom, a network of news bureaus supported by grants and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity. Iowa Capital Dispatch maintains editorial independence ... Follow Iowa Capital Dispatch on Facebook and Twitter....

What's Going On: Area events calendar

The Grand Island Independent 28 May 2023
Capital, Grand Island. Doors open at 1; open to the public; 308-381-1555 ... Memorial Day Services, 44th annual, Veterans Memorial Park, Capital and Broadwell ... Capital Ave., Grand Island (weather permitting); 308-384-5620 ... Capital, Grand Island. Doors open at 6; open to the public; 308-381-1555 ... Capital, Grand Island....

Ghana advised against appetite for loans for sustainable development  

Ghana Business News 28 May 2023
Ghana has been locked out of the capital market for more than a year, with an accumulated public debt of GH¢434.6 billion (72.2 per cent of Gross Domestic ProductGDP) as of December 2022....

The Dirt: North 40 Outfitters remodeling Spokane Valley store

The Spokesman-Review 28 May 2023
Spokane Public Schools recently hired Lydig Construction to build what will become the district’s first standalone wellness clinic at Logan Elementary School ... The project will add two early-education classrooms and a wellness clinic, said Greg Forsyth, who is the director of capital projects for Spokane Public Schools....

FAME2 revision: Does the Indian EV industry need subsidies and the way forward

Financial Express 28 May 2023
In a way, FAME2 has subsidised Chinese industry all these years and it is time to stop it. Follow Us ... Electric bikes are breaking through in Europe’s carmaking capital ... The automotive industry is a capital-intensive industry with an investment turnover ratio of around 3 ... They will need access to capital at a lesser rate of interest from public banks ... ....

Don’t ever believe ‘it won’t happen here.’ Schools must be ready for mass shooters | Opinion

Victoria Advocate 28 May 2023
A vigil for the Parkland victims. (. By Kirk R. Wilson ... I am not an expert ... But the AR-15 serves no public good to the civilian population. In a May 11 column, Capital-Star Editor-in-Chief John L ... I’m not a pessimist. I’m a realist ... But no matter a district’s public stance, they hire them to serve as a shield for students in an active shooter incident ... ... .......

On home turf: housing debate gets personal for targeted Greens spokesman Max Chandler-Mather

The Observer 28 May 2023
The local councillor, Labor’s Lucy Collier – who lives in Bulimba and is just weeks into her new role – said she shares “the concerns of residents that there needs to be improved traffic management and public transport amenities” ... rent-controlled, affordable and public housing....

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