One evening this time last year, I was sitting in my car parked on the street in front of my apartment, filling the night up with my sobs. Taken at face value, this night would not be dissimilar from a number of other nights I’d had — but these cries were different. They were the deep, heaving, cathartic kind, the rare variety released in response to really being seen, to being understood, to the implicit acceptance of even the darkest parts of the self not yet recognized or reckoned with.
When #MeToo started, I found that I didn’t have much to say. While I was relieved to see at least a few powerful men and known abusers removed from their positions of power, I also knew how many more were out there, how so very many of us had been hurt, are continuing to be hurt. As the campaign wore on, I found myself increasingly worn down.
Depending on one’s personal experiences, level of exposure to new ideas, and willingness to engage with challenging information, The Establishment’s mission may appear superfluous — or it may instantly register as burningly critical and centuries overdue. We, of course, fall into the latter camp. Unlike Google or Facebook, we do not seek to imagine and create vast new technological realms. Nor, like Uber or Lyft, is our aim to “disrupt” long-entrenched logistical systems.
We can’t pay our teachers anywhere near their worth—or even, far too often, provide them the basic supplies they need—BUT WE CAN PAY TO *ARM* THEM AND BRING *MORE* GUNS INTO OUR SCHOOLS!?!! This listening session is literally making me physically ill.
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".