You have to wonder, out of what dark recesses of the human mind did this nursery rhyme arise: “Ring-a-ring o’ rosies, a pocket full of posies, a-tishoo! a-tishoo! We all fall down.” The rhyme is generally believed to be an allusion to the Black Death, which produced ring-shaped lesions on the skin, a hacking cough and, ultimately, death. The “posies” were herb bundles that people carried with them to ward off the disease (or so they hoped). But here’s the thing.
Venezuela’s economy has collapsed. The country is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, hospitals have run out of such basics as antibiotics and there have been food riots, though realistically there is scant food to riot over. Saddest of all, cardboard is suddenly in short supply. It’s being used to make coffins for uncounted young children who are dying of starvation. Yet this is a nation that sits on the second or third largest oil reserves in the world. It should be rolling in wealth.
I’ve written several columns opposing electoral reform over the years, and invariably I get thoughtful rejoinders along the following lines. First, while it might be true, as I’ve argued, that proportional representation would result in endless coalition governments, what’s wrong with that? It might force politicians to work together, and whatever policies emerge would represent a consensus rather than top-down imposition of the party line.
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".