Public, according to Dictionary.com means “of, pertaining to, or affecting a population or a community as a whole”. Therefore, something is public when the population in a community is given an opportunity to know about an occurrence, such as through the news, the newspaper, and through the community grapevine. A community, though, must have restrictions. News through a community of say, Chinese families, wouldn’t be public; instead, I think public is a function of geography. The people of State College for example, or the citizens of Manhattan, all of which are public communities that are bounded by where people live. And if we want to expand this concept of public to the whole United States, China, France, or any other country all over the world, that would be an internationally public issue. An issue is something “in which we define as the point about which all parties to an argument can agree that they disagree” according to our RCL textbook, it’s a point of statis. A controversy, according to Dictionary.com means “a prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention;disputation concerning a matter of opinion”. A controversy is a public issue. An issue is public if it can spur up argument and dissenting views among a public community. For example, in issue that is public in America is the legality of marijuana. There is a group who is for it and a group who is against it and they are arguing their own opinions to get their voice heard. Those groups agree that they don’t agree and thus continue debating and discussing the issue, the point of statis. Therefore, to tell if something is public is to see whether the issue is relative to others within a community bounded by geography. There is a blur between how big a certain geographical area is to be considered public, and for me, I think the public is large enough if it has its own rules and regulations that apply to that group. An issue is something that people argue over. It’s created through groups that hold a certain opinion of something, a commonplace in there small group, that clashes with the commonplaces of another. I also think that the issue being argues is only truly controversial if it has big implications and effects on a part of a community, a big enough effect that would call for some form of action!
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