Ayesha A. Siddiqi at Noisey on Lily Allen's anti-black feminism. Lily Allen's new single, "Hard Out Here," aims to criticize how women get treated in pop music. But it "manages to scapegoat not just rappers but black women for all the insecurities [Allen's] been grappling with over her career," Siddiqi writes. "White artists need to stop using the wealth signifiers of rap music to gesture at their self-important 'anti-consumerism.' What Allen misses as she washes rims in a kitchen decorated only with bottles of champagne is that it’s not anti-consumerism when it only targets one type of consumer." Allen could do better: "While Rihanna releases strip club anthems that prioritize the female gaze, and Nicki Minaj regularly eviscerates the double standards of sexism in the music industry, Allen’s petulant sermon is both anachronistic and racist." Al Jazeera columnist Sarah Kendzior tweets this line: "It is not feminist to remain blissfully colorblind in a world that functions along race."
Annalee Newitz at io9 on the "valley of ambiguity" of what goes viral. "There are some stories that will never go viral, even if they are brilliant in every measurable way. That's because they lie in the 'valley of ambiguity,' which is sort of like the uncanny valley for viral journalism," Newitz explains. Her theory is that two kinds of stories go viral: the meme, which "we share because it's funny or makes us feel good," and the truth-telling story, which "go viral for exactly the same reason LOLcats do. They are not open to interpretation." The stories that don't make it? "These are the articles and essays that have fallen into the valley of ambiguity – reports on important scientific findings with difficult-to-interpret results, political news with a long and tangled back story attached, and opinion essays that require us to account for points of view that may be unfamiliar or strange." Wired reporter Steve Silberman asks, "Are nuance and ambiguity the enemy of virality in social media?"