"When our fellow citizens are denied equality, have their relationships compared to paedophilia and bestiality, and their children branded 'another stolen generation', silence is complicity," writes Jill Stark. Now is not the time to be silent. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What would I have done during the civil rights movement?”, what you do in the next few months is your answer. History reminds us that discrimination and hatred flourish when the privileged majority act as passive bystanders.
Often the biggest laughs come not from life's triumphs but from moments of human frailty. For veteran comedian Lawrence Mooney, talking about suffering can be cathartic – a kind of therapist's couch – for the performer and the audience. "People who work in comedy are often searching for a laugh themselves or wanting to make people laugh to fulfil something inside them that is missing. They've got the darkness," he said. "And audiences are voyeurs – they love to have a look inside.
Shoes are a new luxury for Lynne Weston. "I can see my toes and my ankles now, and I can bend my knees. I can wear shoes again." Her sense of triumph is palpable, but it has not come without pain. Until recently she was confined to the house. Each morning she shuffled from bed to armchair, where she would remain all day, trapped in a 185kg body that was slowly killing her.
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".