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She received more than 50 rape-based and violent threats an hour via Twitter and other social media.

Celebrity Callout CultureLast December, it was hard to ignore the social media frenzy surrounding pop phenom Lorde and her boyfriend, photographer James Lowe.

The Web and “the real world” are often put at odds with one another.

Words voiced online, if enacted with the same collective force in the physical world, could easily be deemed a hate rally or crime in its truest definition.

This is more than an ad hoc exchange between the digital and “real” world.

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