Author of Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century (@StrangeRebels) / Working for @LegatumInst, writing for @ForeignPolicy.
Ex-Newsweek, Ex-U.S. News and World Report.
Past Beats: Moscow, Tokyo, Baghdad, Berlin.
I recently had the honor to participate in an online debate about democracy sponsored by the Economist. It was illuminating — not least because my opponent was Professor Larry Diamond, one of the most respected scholars in the field of democratic transitions. Our debate revolved around our assessments of the future of global democracy.
Russians have a lot of bread-and-butter issues to worry about these days. Economic growth is low, and incomes are stagnant. Sanctions have left the country in a state of international isolation. The Kremlin’s forces are mired in wars in Syria and Ukraine. But why fret over things like that when you have a movie to be angry about? Yes, that’s right. For months now, Russians have been abuzz about a film that hasn’t even arrived in theaters yet.
Talk about nailing the timing of your new book. When Mark Parker and Deborah Parker started working on theirs four years ago, it was still more or less inconceivable that Donald Trump would ever make it to the presidency. But now that he has, they’re right on target. Their book is called “Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy.” It’s a pithy, tongue-in-cheek exploration of the history of flattery. It raises an important question: Are we living through a golden age of brown-nosing?
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'
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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
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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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
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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".