Either way, historicity is irrelevant to the power of the story. The reason myths are passed on is that they are windows on grand truth — brief, colourful, dramatic narratives that point toward ultimate values, conflicts and dreams. In religious terms, however, the opposite is the case. Religious myths are stories that have been passed on, through the world’s many faith traditions, from one generation to the next.
My niece recently got married. They’re starting a new home, so I sent them a cheque for $500. I never heard a word, either acknowledging the gift or thanking me for it. I contacted my step-sister (the girl’s mother) to ask whether they’d received it, and she said “Yes, but they didn’t know how to contact you.” Nonsense. An acquaintance I hadn’t seen for years just found me on Facebook, and, more to the point, our name, address and phone number were on the cheque!
Ethically, there’s nothing terribly wrong with this. The charity benefits, the guests have a good time, the tax deduction allows this to happen at little cost to the host and you don’t spend tonight making a cheese-ball. You haven’t actually been invited to a house party; you’ve been invited to a fundraiser for an unnamed charity. This doesn’t necessarily imply that the charity itself is directly involved.
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".