Sarah Silverman almost died last year. She has regularly contemplated this unnerving fact in the 10 months since she received emergency surgery, having initially sought treatment for what she presumed was a basic throat infection. "It all happened so fast," she says. "It's really crazy that I am alive." The 46-year-old comedian's problems began with a persistent sore throat that developed on a stand-up comedy tour last year.
Do the programmers at ABC live under a rock? It's a question that many might be asking this week, as they browse their favourite international news and entertainment websites and read headlines such as "Carrie Fisher's final appearance on Catastrophe was fitting" (The Atlantic) and "How Carrie Fisher left Catastrophe on the perfect ad-libbed note" (IndieWire). Catastrophe is the brilliant comedy from Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney.
One month ago, a mere five months after launching its fledgling (and apparently struggling) Presto movie-on-demand service, Foxtel halved the monthly cost from $20 to $10. Last week, Australia's "monopoly" pay-TV provider, to quote Choice chief Alan Kirkland, similarly took the axe to its pricing plans, halving the price of its basic, entry package to $25 and reducing most of its add-on package bundles from $25 to $20.
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".