Censorship is a word that gets people of all political stripes rightly fired up. Ezra Levant used it to recruit supporters in his latest online campaign, built on the phrase â€œThey tried to kill The Rebelâ€? and launched after the website was briefly unavailable to some regions of the world. It earned him some unquestioning media coverage, but is the claim true? Levant suggested he didnâ€™t know if it was true in the National Postâ€™s very brief Aug. 21 coverage of his claim.
George Orwell’s sales were through the roof this year. It’s still at number 7 as I write this (behind what sadly passes as self-help in 2017, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck and ahead of Solar Eclipse 2017: The Complete Kids' Guide and Activity Book) after rising to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list in January. But Orwell’s old tome can shed no useful light on the theatre of the absurd that continues to unfold one non sequitur after another in this govern-by-tweet era.
Metro Vancouver’s TransLink is routinely providing police personal information of transit users — including where they travelled — without warrants or notification to individuals. And the amount of information being shared has jumped dramatically in the last two years, according to documents obtained by The Tyee under a freedom of information request.
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".