There’s a part of me that wants to dislike The Crown, this slavish devotional to an outmoded institution increasingly unpopular in its own country, if still an object of some fascination in ours. Why should we be venerating these leeches and layabouts, this vestigial symbol of arrogant empire? There’s something annoying about the show, its almost meta obliviousness. It’s quite like Queen Elizabeth II herself, in an odd way: imperiously, ruthlessly dedicated to the preservation of the old ways.
In Steven Spielberg’s lively, engaging Pentagon Papers drama The Post, there’s a slow push-in shot punctuating a big climax that earned a roaring cheer from my theater. I’m far too professional to do anything as boorish as cheer during a movie, but I understand why the hoi polloi did. (I’m kidding. I cried during Geostorm, so please, cheer away.) Spielberg’s film is rousing and cannily made.
Film is a slower art form than others—its reaction time is delayed, a fact made glaring in an age of constantly updated newsfeeds and instant Twitter comments. And yet, we still turn to cinema to speak to us about our condition, seeking solace, enlightenment, escape. We’ve needed a lot of that in this difficult year, and have found some. The movies of 2017 have had an undeniably haunted quality, made, as many of them were, before Donald Trump rose to power.
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".