This year, Remembrance Sunday falls upon my birthday and as that coincidence always does, it makes me particularly wistful for the father I never knew; makes me think of all those who never knew a parent, nor what their experiences were truly like during “the war”. A war record we never knewEdwin Hatfield died in 1966, when I was just 15 months old, my sister four months.
“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there” – the eternally haunting first line of LP Hartley’s The Go Between was never more poignant than this past month after the Harvey Weinstein revelations, as sexual harassment scandals have spread beyond Hollywood into our domestic politics. The past is currently being used as an excuse to explain appalling behaviour – either that, or “I can’t recall” à la Kevin Spacey.
Are you inured yet to suggestions that the Harvey Weinstein affair and subsequent harassment claims in music, the media magazines, restaurants, theatre and politics mark a turning point in workplace culture? Beyond damning male perpetrators and praising victims for coming forward, no actual action is proposed. Men in power feel they can behave badly with impunity because they rule patriarchal institutions. Harassed women are too scared to speak up for fear of victim-blaming, or even their careers.
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".