Down the ages, the worst predictions of doom have usually been followed by long periods of peace and prosperity. In Jesus’ time, many people thought that the world was about to end. There soon followed what the historian Edward Gibbon called “the period in the history of the world, during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous” (the Roman Empire in the first and second centuries).
For the last few days the fate of our nation of 56 million people has rested in the hands of the few thousand ANC party members who are choosing their new leader. This unhealthy state of affairs is our fault, not the ANC’s. Two profound fallacies have mislead almost all commentators reporting on the ANC’s 54th national elective conference. The first is that we outsiders have some right to tell the ANC how to run its own party. We haven’t.
We must thank President Jacob Zuma for one thing: he has advanced free speech in South Africa. Previously our journalists were reluctant to criticise ANC leaders except on specific issues such as Aids. They muted their criticism for fear of being called racists wanting to bring back apartheid. Now their criticism is loud and open. This is great progress in our political life. Last week a gang of brownshirt thugs calling themselves Black First Land First were sent (by the Gupta brothers?)
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".