I still remember the moment several years ago when I took a photograph of a darkened corner of a room and showed it to someone because of the unusual light discolorations in the photo. He became instantly animated and was convinced that I had taken a picture of a ghost. I tried to shrug it off, but on some level, I was captivated by the idea. After all, how much do we really know about what we can’t see, understand or explain?
Imagine that you’re a teenager who died and woke up in an alien world chased by evil robots with no idea of how you got there, and soon you find that there are dozens of other teenagers in the same position. That’s the conceit behind Remade, a new podcast from Serial Box, a publishing company devoted to releasing serialized fiction in audio form, borrowing everything from TV (a team of writers, long narrative arcs and multiple seasons) except for the visuals. The suspense in Remade is gripping.
When I was a kid growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, I was not allowed to see horror movies, much less those rated R. Needless to say, I definitely did not see the film often described as “the scariest movie of all time,” The Exorcist—at least not when it came out. When I grew up, I discovered that I liked the horror genre, and I went back and saw many of the great classics like The Last House on the Left and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but for whatever reason, I still held out against The Exorcist.
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".