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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In support of Marjorie Taylor Greene

Dothan Eagle 01 Aug 2021
... equitable, and sustainable" way—based on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics which would incorporate more green public infrastructure projects as well as "harnessing the innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for public good,” undermining capitalism....

Losses of over Rs 1,000 cr annually for DTC since 2015, assembly told

The Times of India 01 Aug 2021
New Delhi. The capital’s public transporter Delhi Transport Corporation has been running into losses of over Rs 1,000 crore annually since 2015, although it has been unable to add even one bus to its existing fleet ... PTI. Start a Conversation. ....

Cronyism claims over Zappone don’t stack up 

Irish Independent 01 Aug 2021
Anything sensible is called ‘elitist’.” The point of representative democracy, as opposed to direct democracy, was to moderate the whims and excesses of the electorate, he said, “otherwise we’d have capital punishment”. Nphet may have got things wrong, but nobody would have wanted to run the public health response by plebiscite....

America’s mask wars return as communities split over new guidance

The Observer 01 Aug 2021
Hours later, Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order mandating that masks be worn indoors throughout the Georgia state capital. “Public health experts overwhelmingly agree, and data has proved, that wearing a face covering helps slow the spread of this deadly virus,” Mayor Bottoms said in a statement....

Tech unicorns race ahead in India

Straits Times 31 Jul 2021
"The tremendous response to our IPO (initial public offering) gives us the confidence that the world is full of investors who appreciate the magnitude of investments we are making, and take a long-term view of our business," said Zomato chief executive�Deepinder Goyal....

Tech unicorns ride digital wave to race ahead in India

Straits Times 31 Jul 2021
"The tremendous response to our IPO (initial public offering) gives us the confidence that the world is full of investors who appreciate the magnitude of investments we are making, and take a long-term view of our business," said Zomato chief executive�Deepinder Goyal....

City Council to get COVID-19 update, consider park tax vote

Columbia Missourian 31 Jul 2021
The last time council members heard an update from Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department Director Stephanie Browning was at the July 6 meeting.� ... Also Monday, council members will hold a public hearing to consider the Capital Improvement Project Plan, which is proposed in the�budget for fiscal year 2022....

Opinion: The Who, What and Why of China’s Regulatory Campaign

Caixin Online 31 Jul 2021
Overseas investors are withdrawing capital across numerous sectors in a panic as they are unsure who will be next following government sanctions against Ant Group Co ... It is clear that the central government does not want companies to go public in the U.S ... and capital drivers....

Big rethink ahead for US Chinese-listed stocks after ugly July

The Times of India 31 Jul 2021
Shares of New Oriental Education Education & Technology Group and TAL Education Group have been among the hardest hit after Chinese regulators banned firms that teach school subjects from making profits, raising capital or going public ... initial public offerings in June, are ......

Chinese tech stocks suffer worst sell-off since global financial crisis as Beijing pledges to step ...

Russia Today 31 Jul 2021
The heavy losses came after Chinese regulators barred the companies concerned with teaching school subjects from raising capital, going public and making profits ... The news dragged down the shares of Didi Global and Full Truck Alliance, both of which held initial public offerings in the US last month....

Peter Starzynski: The Washington Policy Center is a champion of our state’s wealthiest citizens, at the expense of working families and communities of color

The Spokesman-Review 31 Jul 2021
The Washington Policy Center has joined some of our state’s richest citizens in opposition to the recently passed capital gains tax that would fund child care and early education across the state, including in Spokane ... And it’s only on capital gains – profits made from stocks, bonds and other assets above $250,000....

Saudis pranksters held for donning terrifying masks in public

Gulf News 31 Jul 2021
Saudi police said they had arrested four Saudi men in the capital Riyadh for wearing monkey-shaped masks and deliberately terrifying people in public places ... The suspects are being kept in remand and referred to public prosecution, ......

Lebanon president ready to answer questions on Beirut blast

Gulf Daily News 31 Jul 2021
Lebanon's President Michel Aoun told the country's public prosecutor on Friday he was ready to give a statement about last year's port blast in the capital Beirut if needed ... injured thousands and destroyed large swathes of the capital....