As the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein grow, people understandably have questions. Many questions are specific and refer to the details of the scandal, but some are more general and on a procedural level (i.e. in my wheelhouse). For example:I’m an economist, not a legal expert, but economic considerations can actually explain why a lot of laws are the way they are and/or how they should be designed. (Whether those who made the laws realize that is another matter!)
I totally did, on Twitter. (To be fair, I also said it would be cute if Goldin and Katz shared or if all three Romers shared. Also, inspect that last link carefully.) Anyway, congratulations to behavioral economist(!) Richard Thaler on winning the Nobel Prize in Economics. (And do not email me to say it’s not a “real” Nobel, I know and I really don’t care. Economics in its current incarnation wasn’t a field in 1895 or whatever, get over it.)
Okay, get ready for some real talk. I’ve been hearing a lot about birth control in the last few days- understandably so, given that it’s now easier for companies to opt out of including zero-copay birth control in their employee insurance plans. (Note that I chose my words carefully, whereas the headline did not. More on that at the end.)
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".