I’d like to say a few words in favour of bad language. In days gone by, swearing was said to be the mark of a coarse and uneducated person (usually a man). And yet I think there’s a degree of hypocrisy in that charge. It would be more accurate to say that swearing in a public forum might be a mark of coarseness, but plenty of educated people indulge themselves behind closed doors. If you’ve ever attended a federal/provincial meeting of senior civil servants or politicians, you know what I mean.
In the Star Trek episode The Measure of a Man, a scientist wants to disassemble Commander Data to see how his innards work. Following a hearing, the scientist is sent packing, and Data is declared sentient, with all the rights of a human being. Was this the correct decision? Alan Turing would certainly have thought so. Readers who’ve seen the movie The Imitation Game will remember the Cambridge mathematician who played a leading role in cracking Germany’s Enigma code.
One of the objections to B.C. Hydro’s Site C dam is that we can generate electricity as cost-effectively from less invasive sources. Here is Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party: “There are other alternatives available at cheaper costs with lower environmental and social impacts.” The best way to evaluate that claim is to look at countries that have tried this option. Among the most ardent proponents of green energy have been Germany and Britain.
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".