FEW email subjects surprise me these days. The rule of thumb that if it sounds dodgy it must be spam is no longer helpful. This week, a perfect example: “sex robot brothel to open”. That is a lot to digest before you even open it. Sex, ethics, robotics, objectification. It wasn’t spam. A sex doll brothel has opened in Barcelona. Lumidolls, operating from an apartment and offering four silicone women for sex. These are far from the cheap plastic dolls of old. They look human.
SO far, 2017 hasn’t been stingy in giving us a steady series of vignettes on human darkness. Knowing unequivocally that we’re not living in an episode of Black Mirror, at least once a week I find myself seriously considering a premature exodus from contemporary society for a cabin up a hill, far away from other people. As regular readers will know, I spend a lot of time scraping around in the darkest corners of the internet looking at how digital norms shape our offline realities.
I’M glad to hear Mustafa Bashir is going to prison. This is welcome news after he was initially spared a custodial sentence for beating his wife Fakhara Karim with a cricket bat, throttling her and forcing her to drink bleach.
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".