Liz: Gods are in the eye of the beholder. What is sacred to one is profane to the next. What one deems worthy of gilding an idol of or making a blood sacrifice to is roadside trash to another. For some, their altar is in a temple; for others, on a cell phone. Some deities are fueled by masses of worshippers; others, by the number of 'likes.' Belief reaches beyond living (or dead) eyes. The pressing question of this episode is, what is this thing we call belief?
E3 is the Electronic Entertainment Expo – in other words, a massive, massive convention exclusively dedicated to video games. This was the first year that E3 opened its doors to the general public. Before this year’s convention, E3 was exclusively the domain of developers and retailers. General public tickets sold out in minutes. The convention was packed tighter than San Diego Comic-Con – without cosplay props to give the needed buffer zone. The booths on display were insane.
Liz: Devotion can be power in itself. It is one of those intangible things that can break prison walls, deliver a wandering soul or set an apathetic heart aflame. It burns in beliefs so ancient that their ghosts still linger where the fires crackled and the stories were told, long after the last ashes were gone in a fairy whisper of wind. It breathes life into the dead and transforms the living.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".