I think we're all agreed that 2016 has pushed the limits of our patience. It might, on a dark night, be mistaken for heralding the apocalypse. But before you go thinking that's just viral social media white noise and nonsensical millennial whinging, think again. Because Professor Stephen Hawking has spoken - and confirmed that we are all doomed. The renowned physicist gave a talk at the Oxford Union debating society this week, entitled 'The Origin of the Universe'.
Trump's misogyny and language of sexual assault has been widely condemned. But people have noticed sexism in the response. Fresh off the heels of the tax evasion scandal, we now have #HotMicGate - a video recording of Trump bragging to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush about women. The recording, which the Washington Post released last week, revealed some fairly explicit and disgraceful behaviour. Some high profile Republicans have released statements denouncing his sexually aggressive language.
James Blunt just appeared on The Weekly's 'Hard Chat' series, and was magnificently impossible to mock. No matter how hard Australian comedian Tom Gleeson tried to roast Blunt for his dubious pop 'career', Blunt outsassed him at every point. Blunt is currently staging an almighty comeback since 2004's Back to Bedlam had us all in psychosis every time 'You're Beautiful' was played. Now with new album The Afterlove, he's even appearing alongside charts darling Ed Sheeran.
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".