For the politician and the media, 2018 is the year before the next general elections. Does the citizen, particularly the poorest, see it that way? Does the school teacher see the year only in terms of holidays: Pongal, Easter, Ramzan, Dussehra, Diwali and Christmas? Does she also see how the child under her care has progressed through the months? No politician has concerns about the fate of the citizens; he is only planning the year on the basis of the criticality of the elections.
One does not often get amusement or a moment of joy, surfing the usual drab pedestrian English news channels in the Indian media space, focusing on the sensational – not the important. Last week one was rewarded with three vignettes, one of pure humour, and two tinged with sadness and dismay. In the context of the RK Nagar bypolls in Chennai, one saw a part of the audience in a campaign rally, carrying large metallic rice-cookers on their heads – apparently the symbol of a candidate.
Recently, a CCTV in a Bengaluru Metro station recorded images of a man molesting a female passenger. There was outrage when the local home minister commented, tastelessly and tactlessly, that a woman has no business being in the metro station at midnight. There was outrage in the English TV media on the scant regard shown by the minister for the right of a woman to move about freely. As usual, the media was barking up the wrong tree.
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".